How I Start My Day is a series revealing the intimate details and wisdom behind the morning rituals of successful characters in youth culture and beyond.
As the leading lady in every aspect of her life, Anna of the North a.k.a. Anna Lotterud makes an active effort to maintain complete control of her narrative. The Norwegian singer-songwriter has been breaking hearts with her chill pop tunes since 2016, but it wasn't until Tyler, the Creator tapped her for Flower Boy that the tides began to shift and the rest of the world finally took notice.
Last year, she gained an even larger following when "Lovers" was featured in Netflix's film adaptation of To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Anna recently dropped a cute and cheeky music video for "Thank Me Later," a track fresh off her forthcoming sophomore album. While details about the project are scarce, it's bound to exceed any preconceived expectations.
Anna isn't only admired for her musical contributions though—her personal style is also exceptional and that minimal aesthetic carries over into her tasteful line of merch. A few months after rolling out her debut album, Anna also debuted a capsule collection of Scandinavian basics from her collaborative clothing brand with designer Mari Norden in 2017.
Scroll down to find out how Anna uses hibernation and hydration to start her day in the most peaceful way possible.
How is your morning going so far? What have you accomplished so far today?
My morning is going well.. I’m just sitting on my laptop in the kitchen of my parents house, doing small bits and pieces. Just posting some stuff on Instagram/Twitter about Conner Youngblood being my support for the U.S. tour.There was just a deer walking outside my window. I like being home. It’s peaceful here.
What time do you typically wake up and why?
It can be anything from 9am to 2pm. Depends what I’ve done the day before. It's hard to keep a routine being a musician. Sometimes you sit up very late writing, and I travel a lot. Ive been on a good roll lately tho. Waking up 9 almost every morning. And it feels really good. I guess routines are key to a happy life.
What are you usually thinking about as soon as you wake up?
Probably thinking about everything I’ve should have done that I haven’t. That I should get up and go for a run. I’m really bad at scheduling my own days, but If I have plans with people I’m better.
Where are you currently based? What goes on around you in your apartment?
I’m based in Oslo. I like it there. It feels big and small at the same time. Always something to do and friends around. There is nothing much going around in my apartment. Food, friends, nintendo and music.
How do you prepare for the day ahead?
I literally don’t, and thats probably why I’m always late and always procrastinating. This interview makes me realize that it's about time to get some good morning routines in. You know, planning what to wear and what to eat for breakfast. I don’t eat breakfast, but I drink a lot of water. Not because I wanna loose weight or anything. Im just not hungry in the mornings.
Are you a morning person? Why are mornings important to you?
I guess not. I like my sleep. I might be one of those people who sleeps too much. It depends though. In wintertime Norway gets so dark, and there's barley people outside. We’re all hibernating. It's the winter depression. Now that spring is coming and the sun is out its all changing. I definitely get affected by this.
What is your skincare routine?
It's super simple, I just wash my face and then I moisturize a lot. And I use a face scrub twice a week. I played this show at MoMa and they gave me goodie bag, they had some skincare products from a brand called Drunk Elephant. I tried it out and now I’m obsessed.
How do you practice self-care?
DRINK WATER!! And sometimes in periods. I work out. I don't like to be at the gym. I like to be outside in the nature. To hike. I really like cross-country skiing. It's not only good for your body, but also your mind. Its freeing. I should work out more though.
How does your morning routine change when you're traveling?
Depends what timezone I’m in, but usually I just sleep. :)
Next up; here’s how British R&B star Mabel starts her day.