IS­ABELLA MAN­FREDI’S PER­FECT DAY

The lead singer of The Prea­tures on life on the road, from morn­ing med­i­ta­tion to pub meals and pod­casts

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents -

The lead singer of The Prea­tures on her down­time.

5AM I’ve usu­ally had three or four hours’ sleep, depend­ing on what time we fin­ished [per­form­ing] the night be­fore. Jack [Mof­fitt, gui­tarist] and I will get out of bed bleary-eyed and pack up all of our stuff. We’ll have a hot drink if there’s time, but usu­ally we’ll just hop straight in the van and our tour man­ager will hit the gas. I’ll do 20 min­utes of Vedic med­i­ta­tion while we’re driv­ing and then I’ll fall back into a deep sleep. 8AM When we hit a town, we try to find some break­fast. I’m picky about what I like, but some­times you can’t be and you’ve just gotta go for Macca’s. As the daugh­ter of [chef and restau­ra­teur] Steve Man­fredi, that’s been quite hard for me to rec­on­cile, but some­times it’s the most re­li­able thing be­cause you know what you’re get­ting.we useyelp and Tripad­vi­sor to check out the lo­cal cafe sit­u­a­tion, and in win­ter my favourite break­fast is por­ridge with poached fruit and some hot al­mond or soy milk.that will keep me go­ing all day. 10AM Quite of­ten, I’ll have pro­mos when we ar­rive where we’re play­ing that night, so I’ll do an in­ter­view with the lo­cal ra­dio sta­tion, then we’ll try to check into the ho­tel or mo­tel. On a per­fect day, we can check in early and I can pop my stuff down and get set­tled in my new space. I love essen­tial oils, any­thing that is ground­ing, like clove or laven­der, and I’ll do a hot com­press with them on my face or I’ll take a bath. I love baths — there is some­thing about be­ing in the wa­ter that makes me feel grounded in a new place. I love a coun­try town mo­tel with sweet lit­tle rooms. I checked into one the other night and the tow­els were folded on the bed with two Allen’s Min­ties on each towel. MID­DAY There’s a beau­ti­ful grace pe­riod be­tween get­ting into town and when we sound­check.that’s my favourite time of day and I’ll use it to write for an hour. No more, no less, ex­actly an hour. I’ll write with my gui­tar if I have it, on the com­puter or in my note­book. I’ll even write on my phone if I’m des­per­ate. I’ll ei­ther go for a walk or a run around to see a bit of the town, and I al­ways like to do that on my own to clear my head. 2PM I love find­ing a yoga class I can do lo­cally. I use the Mind­body app and I re­ally love to do yin yoga on tour be­cause my body is con­stantly so ex­hausted and it’s a re­ally great way to re­lease stress. 3PM I have a mini hot-wa­ter bot­tle that I travel with that’s my se­cret weapon.when I get to the venue in win­ter, I heat it up and tuck it un­der my jacket and walk around with it. At sound­check, I check my vo­cals and then we’ll run through a cou­ple of songs, in­clud­ing any new stuff we’re work­ing on. 6PM One of my favourite parts of the day is sit­ting down with the crew

and the sup­port band for din­ner. It’s usu­ally a sim­ple pub meal, so I’ll have a chicken schnitzel, a steak or some­thing vego like a nice curry. 7PM I’ll go back to the mo­tel and wind down or read a book. I also love lis­ten­ing to pod­casts, in par­tic­u­lar Rus­sia, If You’re Lis­ten­ing by Matt Be­van, Magic Lessons with El­iz­a­beth Gil­bert and On Be­ing with Krista Tip­pett. 8PM I use all or­ganic and 100 per cent not-tested-on-an­i­mals skin­care for my face reg­i­men. I like a com­bi­na­tion of the Hun­gar­ian brand Émi­nence and Wild crafted, which is Aus­tralian. I usu­ally do a face oil and maybe a face mask, then do some gen­tle stretches and have a pot­ter around. I’ll put on a BB cream and a lit­tle bit of Touche Éclat by Yves Saint Lau­rent, but I don’t like ap­ply­ing too much makeup; I’d rather spend that time on writ­ing or read­ing or do­ing some­thing productive. I’ll fin­ish with a lit­tle bit of Chanel eye­liner and some nat­u­ral-coloured lip balm or lip­stick. I like to limit the amount of chem­i­cals I put on my skin be­cause I’m al­ways trav­el­ling and there’s so much crap your body picks up check­ing in and out of ho­tels. I need to keep things as nat­u­ral and sim­ple as pos­si­ble. 8.30PM I love wear­ing my white Daisy em­broi­dery dress on stage. It’s re­ally sur­prised me how durable it is: I just hand­wash it in the sink be­cause you can’t do any dry-clean­ing in re­gional Aus­tralia! I wear it with my Nike Air Force 1s and some socks, and that’s it. 10PM We had the per­fect gig the other night in Gee­long. It’s a weird qual­ity to de­scribe as a per­former, but as soon as you step on­stage, you just know what kind of en­ergy and au­di­ence you have. The other night, ev­ery­one was singing along to ev­ery lyric, even if they didn’t ex­actly know it, and they were just so re­spon­sive and lovely.we run our own merch store after the gigs and we al­ways do a one-hour sign­ing. That’s our chance to meet fans, take pho­tos with peo­ple and get a gen­eral read on the vibe. MID­NIGHT To wind down, I love to read in bed be­fore I sleep, no mat­ter what time it is. At the mo­ment, I’m read­ing Patti Smith’s De­vo­tion and Charles Bukowski’s Tales of Or­di­nary Mad­ness. If I’m re­ally wired, I’ll do an­other Vedic med­i­ta­tion. I’ll prop my­self up in bed with my eyes closed and after that I’ll go to sleep. – As told to Ge­orgina Safe

“There’s a beau­ti­ful grace pe­riod be­tween get­ting into town and when we sound­check. That’s my favourite time of day.”

Per­form­ing with The Prea­tures at Fox Stu­dios, Syd­ney. Clock­wise from left: at Paris fashion week in 2017; at the David Jones A/W 2018 pre­sen­ta­tion in Fe­bru­ary; wear­ing San­dro jacket, T-shirt and skirt, and Prada hat; at Mercedesbenz Fashion Week Aus­tralia in May.

Wild­crafted Or­gan­ics Neroli Cleans­ing Oil, $49, and Wild­flow­ers Re­ju­ve­nat­ing Serum, $40.

Nike shoes, $150, nike.com.au. Play­ing The Bar­won Club Ho­tel in Gee­long in July. Be­low: at MBFWA in May.

YOGA MAT: “Mine is 100 per cent re­cy­cled rub­ber.”Yoga De­sign Lab yoga mat, $108, yo­gade­sign­lab.com.

Chanel Stylo Yeux Wa­ter­proof Long- Last­ing Eye­liner in Eros, $47.

YSL Touche Éclat Ra­di­ant Touch High­lighter, $70.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.