10 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Modelling

10 Things We Wish We Knew Before We Started Modelling

Being a model may seem glamorous, fun and exciting and many young girls dream about strutting down the catwalk or gracing the cover of Vogue. It can sometimes seem like such an easy way of making living and a gateway to a stylish and exciting lifestyle. As professional models, we have both experienced the exciting highs but also seen the darker side of the industry and being a model can be tough. You may have read and seen models or ex-models slating the industry and the profession but although it is a tough industry, we have personally still chosen to work as models and we still love what we do. Having said that, there are a few things that would have been beneficial to have know before we started modelling which would have made our whole journey so much easier. These are the “10 Things That We Wished We Knew Before We Started Modelling”

You Don’t Have To Be Tall To Become A Model

Height can be important if you are a model, especially if you are looking to work as a fashion model and get booked to for catwalk shows. Although being tall may be an advantage for some types of modelling it doesn’t mean that if you aren’t 5ft11 and a size 4 you cannot have a career as a model. There are different types of modelling so don’t let yourself get discouraged if you are not meeting the height criteria. Look into other types of modelling such a commercial modelling where height isn’t so important. There are plenty of models that have great careers that are under the typical model height of 5ft 10 so do not let the myth of “You have to be super tall and super skinny to become a model” discourage you from pursuing a career in modelling.

You Probably Won’t Become Rich

There is a common misconception that modelling will make you rich. This is unfortunately not true. Although the daily rates can sometimes be quite good, you probably will not be working 5 days a week and sometimes you can go a couple of week (sometimes even longer) without booking any jobs. As a model, you will most likely spend your days running around to different castings or doing unpaid test shoots to boost your portfolio. Many models struggle with debt as it can be a really tough profession to make a living out of due to the irregular work pattern and the fierce competition.

Find Out What Type Of Modelling You Want To Do

Like we mentioned previously, there are different types of modelling and figuring out what you want to do and what type of modelling that will suit you earlier rather than later will eliminate time wasted on trying to fit into a box that just isn’t right for you. For example, if you are 5ft6 you may not be suitable for catwalk shows but you may be perfect for commercial, ecom and catalogue work.

You Don’t Necessarily Need An Agency


We have had so many questions from young girls asking i they need to have an agency to start modelling and the simple answer is no but having an agency does have it’s advantages.

Emelie – When I first started modelling I had an agency and I think that was great for me at the time as I knew nothing or nobody in the industry. As time progressed, I started to build up my own network of contacts and eventually I started to receive freelance bookings through Facebook (Instagram wasn’t a thing back then). My agency at the time did not give me a lot of work and I ended up spending more than I earned on train tickets to attend castings so I wasn’t able to support myself financially. That is when I left my exclusive agency and started freelancing instead. At first I had part-time jobs whilst I modelled part-time but as my network of clients grew, I was able to quit my job as a barmaid and started freelance modelling full-time. The disadvantages with not having an agency is that they will undoubtedly have a network of clients and be able to secure bigger campaigns than you will on your own as a freelance model. Your agency will also ensure you get a fair rate for the jobs they book you for but they will obviously take a cut of that fee. They also make sure the client pay the agreed fee, although it can take as long as six months (sometimes even longer) to actually get paid. As a freelance model you are the boss so you can set your own fees, work with the people you want to work with which is a huge advantage. Unfortunately you will have to do all the invoicing and chasing unpaid invoices yourself and it can sometimes be difficult to get clients to agree to a fair rate. Many clients will be negotiating hard to reduce the cost of the shoot so that is something you have to be prepared for. There are pros and cons with both being an agency model and a freelance model but we can go into the details in another post.

Do Not Take Everything Your Agency Tells You As Unquestionable Truth

Your agency is basically employed to get you work, similar to a recruitment agency, they may be painting things in a much more positive light to make jobs or job trips sound far better than they may be in reality. It is also important to beware of any agent telling you that you are not good enough or that you need to loose weight. They are there to get you booked for jobs and support you with your career, not to make you feel bad. If you are signed to an agency that is constantly harassing you about losing weight or shedding centimeters, stand up for yourself. If they continue to treat you badly, it may be time to consider to find another agency.

Read Any Contracts You Are About To Sign Thoroughly

We cannot stress the importance of this point enough. When you receive a contract from anyone, whether it is from your agency or a client, read it properly. Don’t just glance over it and sign it. If they are pressuring you to sign there and then, let them know that you are a professional model that would like to ensure she understands the full terms and conditions of the contract. Always ask to receive a copy to take home to read through in your own time. Don’t be fooled by anyone saying it’s just a standard contract with no unusual terms and conditions. It is your job to understand what you are getting yourself into and it may be worth asking a loved one to read it through to make sure you fully understand the contract.

You Will Work Long Hours

Working as a model isn’t always easy and you may end up working 10 to 16 hour days on a regular basis which can be exhausting. You may also have very irregular work patterns such as getting ready for a shoot with the sunrise shoot where you may have to be in hair and make-up as early as 3am. Sometimes you also have to work through the night depending what type of shoot you are working on. Once the shoot is finished you may also have a long journey back home and we have spent endless amount of hours travelling to and from shoots which can be very tiring after a 12hr day shooting.

It Can Be Incredibly Lonely

The modelling world can be a lonely one at times as you may be travelling on your own a lot, spending days going to castings on your own and once the days is finished, you will probably be exhausted and just end up going to bed. You will essentially be working as a self-employed lone trader so being comfortable spending a lot of time on your own is essential. With that said, as most models are in the same boat, castings can also be a good place to meet new friends.

Your Social Life Will Suffer

As a model, work will most likely taking priority over anything in your social calendar. As it’s not like a normal 9-5 job and you may just have to grab a job opportunity as it presents itself. You will end up planning your life around work. There has been so many times where we have had to cancel our personal plans to accept work and even booking a holiday may feel like a scary prospect. What if that job that you always dreamt of comes in just as you are going away? Unfortunately because of this, you will most likely end up cancelling a lot of your social events to accept a job but remember, you still have to live and be able to enjoy going away on holidays.

Be Sensible With Your Money


Due to bookings not being regular and pretty unpredictable, you have to be wise with your money. Even if you end up booking a great campaign, make sure you save plenty of your hard earned cash for a rainy day and for your taxes. You may have just secured a fantastic gig paying really well but these types of bookings don’t come around very often so make sure you don’t go and spend it all at once 🙂

Working as a professional model isn’t easy and it certainly hasn’t made us rich but it has given us opportunities and experiences that we would never have had if it wasn’t for our job. Being a professional model is far from the perfect job and there are a lot of things that we have to put up with because of our job. That said, it’s a job where everyday is different and we do feel blessed to be able to work in such an exciting industry.

If you have any questions about modelling or fashion industry we’d love to hear from you ☺️

Until next time,


The Model Diaries

Our Current Beauty Obsessions

Our Current Beauty Obsessions

As self-confessed beauty addicts, finding good quality beauty products is high on our agenda and we often get asked what kind of beauty products we are using. The honest answer is that it varies throughout the year. Our skin and hair changes all the time therefore, so does beauty regime.

Changing your skincare routine is just like changing your wardrobe. You wouldn’t wear a summer dress and a light trench coat in January, so why would you use the same skin and hair care products in winter that you used in the summer? Mixing it up according to your hair and skins needs is something that has worked for us in the past although we think that we’ve discovered some really good products that will feature in our routine throughout the year. We thought we’d share our 7 current beauty obsession we have recently discovered which are all-round good products which will help combat skin concerns such as signs of ageing, dull looking skin and help improve skin texture.

Riley Sunday Luna Sleeping Night Oil £45 www.harveynichols.com


This is one of the best facial oils we’ve tried in a really long time. Sunday Riley’s ‘Luna’ is a retinol-rich night-time treatment which works to reduce signs of ageing whilst you sleep and leaves your skin looking plumper and firmer only after a few weeks using the oil. Apply it after using your cleanser in the evening. This oil is great for using under the eyes and can be applied all over the face too.

Dr Dennis Gross C + Collagen

£33 from www.net-a-porter.com

This serum has made the list mainly due to the impressive promises of the product and its ingredients. As we’ve only used this products for a few weeks we can’t comment yet on how good the product is in the long term but we have been seeing some promising results already such as brighter and plumper looking skin overall. We are excited to see further results after a month or so of usage. An updated review will follow soon 😊

Product information

Dr Dennis Gross’ C + Collagen Brighten + Firm Vitamin C Serum is a serum which contains a high potency of antioxidants and features ingredients such as CoQ10, superoxide dismutase, carnitine, and niacin amide which will help your skin regenerate. The serum also contain skin loving Vitamin C that will help to increase your skin’s collagen production, improving imperfections like dullness, dark spots, uneven skin texture, repair and brighten your skin.


Nip and Fan Glycolic Instant Fix Mask £12.95 from Boots


This may be one of our all time favourite products.

Emelie – I use it once a week to reset my skin after the working week. As our jobs require to wear makeup and different products almost everyday, our skin does needs a little bit of help to stay fresh. This 10 minute Glycolic mask will tightened your pores, smooth away the appearance of lines and wrinkles and leave your skin looking soft and dewy. If you have acne prone skin this will help really help keep your skin looking clear and healthy.

Nivea Skin Refining Scrub £3.99 from Boots


Katrin – This gentle skin refining scrub is great for removing dead skin cells, resulting in more rejuvenated and healthier looking skin. Although I’m currently travelling in Cape Town where the weather is really hot and sunny, it’s perfect for just refreshing the skin in the most gentle way. I use it everyday in fact as it’s not too harsh on my skin and I love the results!

SENHOR DO BONFIM salt water spray (We received ours from Glossybox UK) shop at www.glossybox.co.uk


Now this is a product that’s really had grown on us both.

Emelie – I tend to find salt water sprays quite sticky and they normally make my hair a bit stiff and hard to work with. Yet this product is no way near as sticky as any of the other salt water sprays I’ve tried before.

Katrin – I’m in love with this spray. I’ve used it pretty much every day whilst I’ve been in Cape Town and it makes my curls stay for days without having any other products in it. The biggest plus is that it saves me from using hairspray etc. Perfect for that tousled beach babe look.

Nivea Q10 eye cream was£11 now £5.50 from Ocado


Katrin – I love this eye cream! I’ve used it for a few weeks now and I can really see a difference already. It keeps my under eye area moisturised and plump plus it’s such a bargain. I have used Niveas products ever since I was a teenager and think it may be my all time favourite eye cream. I apply it after I’ve cleansed my face and used the Nivea Skin refining scrub every evening.

Noughty To The Rescue Anti Frizz serum £8.99 from Boots


Emelie – This serum is my go to product pretty much every single morning. Its a silicone-free serum that contains 97% natural ingredients and will keep your hair from drying out and end up frizzy. The “To the Rescue ‘ serum will banish any frizz when used in both dry and wet hair. I love using a little bit in the ends as I come out from the shower. Doing so protects my hair before I blow dry it and keeps it from going frizzy. If I decide to curl my hair that day I use it to finish off the look which makes the curls look really smooth and glossy. The best thing about this serum is that it does not weigh your hair down or make it greasy which I find that most hair serums tend to do.

We are currently on the hunt for new vegan friendly beauty products so we’d love to hear from you if you have any recommendations or any suggestions on brands you’d like us to try out.

Until next time,


The Model Diaries

New Year’s Resolutions (Goals) and How We Plan To Stick To Them

New Year’s Resolutions (Goals) and How We Plan To Stick To Them

Last week we said goodbye to 2018 and welcomed the new year. 2018 was a pretty intense and eventful year with Emelie turning 30 and getting married. Katrin buying her first property and of course, lot’s of new exciting new projects for for The Model Diaries. Needless to say, 2018 was both exciting yet exhausting. Unfortunately, the year ended with me (Emelie) suffering from a horrendous lung infection which forced me to stay in bed and rest for almost a week but getting ill was sort of a blessing in disguise as it forced me to rest and take a step back from work and other commitments which I think was necessary.

Sometimes work and life commitments can take priority and you forget to look after yourself properly and that can lower immunes system and that is usually when ill health strikes. In the past we have set unrealistic New Year’s resolutions which usually ends with us breaking our resolutions after a few weeks and then feel really guilty about it. So instead of calling it New Year’s Resolutions, we are going to call them Life Goals. As mentioned previously, 2018 was a year when a lot of things happened and we went through a lot of personal and professional changes. 2018 thought us that although ambition is good, slowing down and looking after ourselves will be the key feature of 2019 and we are excited about what this new year has to offer. We have also learnt that taking a step back can really boost productivity and reducing stress is one of our key goals this year.

                                             Look After Yourself Better


This may sound so simple and obvious, but when you lead a busy life, it is sometimes really hard to remember yourself and your own well-being. Stress can be detrimental to both your physical and mental health and research has even suggested that stress may be contagious so when you are surrounded by others that are experiencing stress, this can have a negative effect on your own well-being. This really shows how important it is to de-stress, both for your sake and for others and that is why de-stressing is making our list of goals this year. De-stressing may be easier said than done, so what can you do to help yourself to de-stress?

Here are our 5 top tips how you can start your journey to a little less stressful life

Create realistic daily goals 

This is something I (Emelie) have struggled with my whole life and it has become something that has triggered a lot of anxiety for me. Not setting realistic goals will only cause stress and induce feelings of guilt when your “to do” list is not completed.
Start with writing down the tasks that you would like to complete during the day, sit down for 5 minutes, look at the list and ask yourself – “Can I complete this list today?” Be honest with yourself and if you feel like you are unable to complete it, move some of the less time sensitive task on the list to the following day. The most important thing with this is not to feel guilt about not doing everything in just one day and learn how to prioritise which leads us to our next tip.


Learn how to prioritise

Learning how to prioritise could not be more important when it comes to being more productive and reduce stress levels.

  • Order tasks by estimated effort – Once you have written your To Do list, identify which task/tasks that will take most of your time and start with that. It can be tempting to start with something that takes less time or feels easier, but that way you’ll just end up with the most time-consuming task last which can be a real motivation killer at the end of the day. If you start with the most daunting task first, all others will seem like a piece of cake and you are more likely to feel a sense of achievement.
  • Be Flexible –  Just because you have started one task already does not mean that you have to stick to it until it’s done. Some of us work better when fully completing one task at a time. Others, much like myself, find it somewhat suffocating to have to stick to one thing at a time. If I get stuck on a task which I can’t seem to be able to complete in just one sitting, rather than feeling frustrated I let go and start looking at another task on my list to give myself a break and that is Okay. Sometimes you will come up with a better or more efficient way to complete the previous task whilst you are working on a completely one. Find a way that works for you.


Give yourself 30 minutes of ME time every single day



Finding time for yourself when you are busy can sometimes seem impossible, but it oh so important. As we all know, negative stress is really harmful to us and if we do not allow ourselves to de-stress, we are more likely to get ill, become unproductive and irritated. Finding that time to allow ourselves to simply relax is really important as if you don’t, you may well end up not being as productive as you could have been by simply allowing yourself half an hour to do something just for you. Our favourite ME time activities includes having a bath, meditate, read a book, listen to an inspiring podcast and sometimes just simply sit in a quiet room and ponder.

During this ME time you are allowing yourself to recharge your batteries, digest your thoughts properly without any background noise, give yourself space for self-discovery, boost your creativity and will in the end, enhance your productivity. Giving yourself a bit of ME time each day is not a waste of time, it is essential to your productivity.

Make time to exercise (as little as 5 minutes can make a huge difference)


January is probably the hardest month to stay motivated. For most people, January falls after a month of indulging in fatty foods, drink and way too many days just sitting on the sofa. We are totally guilty of this and we feel your pain! The thought of hitting the treadmill for 40 minutes and doing endless amount of sit-ups and squats does not sound too appealing right now, but exercise may be the key to boosting your motivation and banishing that January blues for good.

You may not feel up for hitting the gym for an 1hr but start with 5 -10 minutes daily exercise such as 30 squats, 30 lunges, 30 situps and 15 press-ups to get your blood pumping and you will soon start to notice the difference. The key is not to over do it. Trust us, we have learnt the hard way! It is not surprising that so many of us fail the “Get Fitter” New year’s resolutions as if you haven’t been to the gym in months, starting with a intense workout routine will only set you up for disappointment as it is hard to keep up. Start small and then build it up 🙂


Have a work switch off time

Always checking your phone for notifications, emails or opportunities? FOMO (The fear of missing out) is something we think most of us feel and it can really become an anxiety inducing when it comes to keeping  up to date with social media. We are totally guilty of checking our phones, pretty much every waking hour and it is mentally draining. Has social media started to impact on your private life? Can you relate?
It can be hard to switch off social media and it is easy to fall into the trap of – “it’s only an email or I only need to reply to that comment etc etc”  and then you get sucked into browsing hundreds of  Instagram feeds for hours.

This year we will set a “Social Media Free Time Zone”  which will take place at least 2 hours before going to bed. Let’s see how that goes 🙂


Explore and Experience More


This New year’s life goal includes both our work and our personal lives. We truly believe that our life experiences shape who we are and that is why we want to explore 2019 to the fullest. This year we have set the bar high and we want to start exploring a few new professional avenues and we have also set some pretty exciting business goals that we will work hard to achieve this year. One of the goals include to travel more and dedicate more time to our blog. We are also looking to explore more when it comes to self-development which is a subject that feels very relevant to us personally right now.

Our personal Explore And Experience More list will include:

  • Do 3 Things That Scares Us
  • Visit new places and travel destinations
  • Try things that we have never tried before
  • Read inspiring books and blogs


So there we have it, our Life Goals for 2019, it may not sound a lot but we have taken our own advice and tried to set more realistic goals for this year.

What are your goals for this year? What are you most excited about this year? Please leave your comments below, we’d love to hear from you 🙂
Until next time,





What to wear for NYE – Our favorite dresses

What to wear for NYE – Our favorite dresses

Christmas is over and with New Year’s eve literally 3 days away, it’s time to ask yourself the big questions – What to wear for NYE?

Some of you may not like NYE for the simple fact it’s a night were everyone got big expectations for it to be the biggest and most fun night of the year. We all know that it normally does not turn out to be that way, but with New year’s eve comes the freedom to wear the most extravagant dresses and covering yourself in glitter from top to toe and that is totally acceptable. This, is why we love Nye Year’s eve.

As self proclaimed New year’s eve lovers, we thought we’d share some of our favorite NYE dresses that are guaranteed to turn heads 🙂


Lindex £39.99

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Lindex £29.99

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Emmeline Black Maxi Dress £60

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New Look

Mela Black Glitter V Neck Midi Dress £18

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COLLUSION bow front mini dress in sparkle £15 reduced from £30


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Parisian sequin maxi dress with tassle trim £38


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SIlver Sequin Dress £20.00

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Until next time, Happy New Year 🙂



Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas – DIY

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas – DIY

Is it just us or does the month of December simply fly by? It’s the 2nd of December and all of a sudden it’s 21st and Christmas is around the corner, how does this happen?!?

This year has been a busy one for us and the month of December has not been any different. If you haven’t been as organised with getting your Christmas gifts sorted this year and you are looking for some quick, last minute gift ideas that will show someone you love that you care, keep on reading.

DIY Reindeer Beer – Perfect last minute gift for all the beer lovers out there

What you need:

6 Pack Bottled Beer (or soda)
12 Wiggly Eyes
6 Red Pom Poms (1/4″)
9 Brown Pipe Cleaners

Red felt (optional needed for the little festive scarf)

Glue eyes on bottle neck.
Glue red pom pom nose just below eyes.
Take 3 pipe cleaners and cut them in half, then cut each of these halves in half.
Wrap a pipe cleaner just below the bottle cap and twist in the back and bring ends up to make main antlers.
Take one of the quarter pipe cleaners and twist it about 1 1/4″ from end each main antler.
Repeat this process for each bottle.
If you would like, cut a piece of ribbon and wrap like a scarf around the bottle. Use a dab of glue to hold together.


Festive Edible Gingerbread Lip Scrub – For all you beauty addicts out there

What you need:

2 tablespoons coconut oil.

1 tablespoon brown sugar.

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon of ground ginger

Mix together and put into a nice container.

Homemade luxury chocolate – Who doesn’t love a bit of chocolate?

  • Any dark chocolate (if you are vegan Lindt Excellence – 70%, 85% and 90% Dark Chocolate are vegan supermarket options)
  • Dried cranberries, gojii berries or any other dried berries/fruit of your choice
  • Chopped nuts (we used a mixture of almonds, peanuts and some brazil nuts)

Melt the chocolate over some boiling water (make sure to use a heat proof dish) once the chocolate has melted, pour the chocolate onto some parchment paper and then add your topping. Put into the freezer for an hour to set. We used a see through plastic bags and added a red ribbon for a festive touch 😊

So there we have it, 3 easy and cheap last minute gifts that will show someone you love that you care (even if you ran out of time to hit the shops😘)

Until next time,

Merry Christmas


The Model Diaries

Lucia and Swedish Saffron Bun Recipe

Lucia and Swedish Saffron Bun Recipe

Tomorrow, on the 13th of December, us Swedes celebrate Lucia which is an old tradition that includes wearing a crown made out of candles, eating ginger snaps and sweet S shaped buns with raisins which we call Lussebullar, enjoyed together with Swedish mulled wine (glögg) or coffee.

What is Lucia

Around Christmas time in Sweden, one of the biggest celebrations is St. Lucia’s Day (or St. Lucy’s Day) which falls on the 13th December. The celebration comes from stories that were told by Monks who first brought Christianity to Sweden. St Lucia was a kindhearted young Christian woman who was martyred, killed for her faith, in 304. The present custom appears to be a blend of traditions and to be honest, it’s a little unclear why we still celebrate Lucia but it is still a Swedish tradition that many Swedes hold dear.

On Lucia we traditionally bake and eat Lussebullar which translates into Saffron buns. Along with Gingerbread, Lussebullar is pretty much synonyms with Christmas for many Swedish people.

What are Lussebullar?

Lussebullar are sweet, tasty and fluffy in their consistency and I (Emelie) try to make them every year to celebrate Christmas even though I now longer live in Sweden. I love this tradition plus it is a good excuse to eat something tasty 🙂

Did you know: Apart from being super tasty, eating saffron has other benefits including:

  • Improving your mood. Studies has shown that Saffron has a positive effect on your mood.
  • Help you get a good night sleep. Saffron is said to have an effect on insomnia and some cultures drink saffron enriched drinks before going to bed as it is believed to help you to get a good night’s sleep.
  • Help fighting diseases.
  • Saffron contains the chemical compound crocin which in some American studies has shown to help prevent ALS and MS.

Even more reason to make this recipe this festive season. This year, rather than following the traditional recipe, I have changed into a vegan version for all to enjoy 🙂






300ml Dairy-free milk (I used Alpro Unsweetened Almond milk)

½ g pack saffron

1/2 ground cardamon

75g unsalted vegan butter, cut into cubes

450g self-raising white bread flour

100g golden caster sugar

7g sachet fast-action yeast

24 currants

2 tbsp of Almond Milk for coating


  1. Put your dairy-free milk in a small pan and gently heat until it’s steaming. Use a pestle and mortar to grind the saffron into a fine powder then add the saffron, the cardamon and the butter to the milk. Stir until the butter has melted. Set aside to cool.
  2. In a large bowl, mix the flour, caster sugar, 1 tsp salt and the yeast together. Once your milk, saffron and butter mix has cooled down, add this to your dry ingredients. Mix together to form a sticky dough, and then set aside for for about 1 hr to let the dough rise.
  3. Set your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6.
  4. One your dough has risen, divide your dough into 12 equal parts. Working with 1 piece of dough at a time, roll out into a 30cm-long strand. Roll up one end into the middle, turn over and roll the other end into the middle, forming the dough into an S-shape. Place the buns on parchment-lined baking tray and then lightly brush them with some whisked almond milk ( I like to add a little bit of sugar and oil to the almond milk before I brush the dough but this is optional).
  5. Put your tray in the oven and bake for around 15 mins. Allow to cool before serving. Once cooled, serve with a hot cup of coffee or if you are feeling very festive, some mulled wine 🙂
    Let us know in the comments below if you tried this recipe 🙂

Until next time,

The Model Diaries