ISABELLA MANFREDI’S PERFECT DAY
The lead singer of The Preatures on life on the road, from morning meditation to pub meals and podcasts
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.