We were thrilled to interview British born model and style icon Portia Freeman this week. Portia Freeman burst onto the modelling scene being shot for Vogue with Mario Testino, W Magazine and Italian Vogue with Steven Meisel. Portia lives in north London with husband Peter Denton, bass player for The Kooks. Together they have a five-year-old son Dylan, and a second baby on the way.
British Born Portia soon turned into a style icon being regularly featured on the best dressed list’s for Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar and Grazia.Throughout Portia’s career she has walked for the likes of Chanel, Dolce & Gabbana, Marc Jacobs and Louis Vuitton, plus has fronted campaigns for a host of international brands including Alexander McQueen, Uniqlo, UGG Australia and Charlotte Olympia.Portia was recently featured in a 16 page main collections story for the March issue of Instyle
You’re a model with a five-year-old son Dylan, a baby on the way and a rock star husband. What’s a typical day-in-the-life for you guys?
A typical day for us really varies. If Pete’s not on tour one of us (Pete at the moment so I can get extra rest) does the school run then we’ll get on with whatever we have to do. Usually it would start with walking the dog in the nearby woods for a good hour or so then finish little jobs that need doing for the baby’s arrival. I’ve now gone into hibernation and full on nesting mode so work for me is for after the baby is born. During the day we’d probably go on a little lunch date (using our time alone wisely before number two arrives) then it’s time to collect Dylan from school and now that’s it’s getting warmer usually a trip to the local ice cream parlour is involved.
What are your top tips on dressing the bump and which brands are doing it best?
Top tips on dressing a baby bump would definitely have to be to make sure that you’re comfortable. It’s the worst when you’re wearing jeans that dig into the bump, so uncomfortable. Now that it’s getting warmer I’m able to wear dresses which is great. Seraphine have some lovely maxi dresses and tighter dresses if you want to show your bump off. Warehouse also do great shorter dresses for a more playful vibe. And I’m also loving Isabella Oliver and Topshop for other essentials like jeans and tops. I did just discover Jbrand maternity jeans but now that I’ve only got 6 weeks left of my pregnancy I think it’s a little late to try them out.
When it comes to food, what guilty pleasures do you find hardest to resist, and have you had any unusual cravings?
At the beginning of my pregnancy all I wanted was stodgy food like pizza and pasta. The thought of a salad made me feel so sick. I also couldn’t get enough of potato waffles (I never eat those). So when my hunger for salads and healthier food came back I was so happy. I felt like I could enjoy a balanced diet. This pregnancy has made me crave Elderflower a lot, which is something I’ve never like before and I can’t get enough of Cantaloupe melon.
What’s your go-to family recipe this season?
Randomly it’s lamb burgers. I don’t usually eat lamb because I like the animal too much, sounds ridiculous I know but a nice lamb burger in a pitta with tzatziki and a fresh herb salad. YUM!!
What are your top can’t-live-without beauty products?
My top beauty products would have to be, Eight Hour Cream, Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish face wash, mascara, a red lipstick, hand moisturiser and sanitizer.
It’s your second pregnancy – is there anything you’re doing differently this time around, and why?
I feel with this pregnancy I have a lot more energy. I think that has a lot to do with Dylan. I’m taking everything in a lot more with this pregnancy. When I was pregnant with Dylan I was only 20 so I was still quite hyper. This time around I’m a lot more chilled and in tune with my body.
I’m also a lot more relaxed about reading stuff. When I was pregnant with Dylan I read about what was going on with myself and the baby the whole time, now I’m just taking it all in my stride.
What do you do to stay in shape and do you feel the pressure body wise to bounce back quickly after pregnancy?
When I was pregnant with Dylan I gained 4 stone. I think now looking back my body needed that extra weight for the baby I growing inside but I was also aware that I didn’t want to gain that kind of weight the second time around. This pregnancy I am a lot smaller but again I think that has a lot to do with running around after a 5 year old. I like to swim and do a little bit of yoga here and there. I’m also not eating for two. That’s a rule I didn’t know when I was pregnant for the first time, just because you’re pregnant it doesn’t mean you have to eat for two!
Where are your favourite family friendly places in London to eat out?
Fave family places to eat with the family in London are definitely The Flask – Highgate and The Red Lion and Sun – Highgate. We live super close to both so great to walk to either after a long walk in the woods or at Kenwood House.
What’s in the pipeline for you next?
What’s in the pipeline for me… Nesting, nesting, nesting! Having this baby. Enjoying family life as a four over the summer then coming back to work in September. I’ve recently joined a new management team, Black Book Coop so super exited to get stuck in with those guys.
How would you sum yourself up in one sentence?
Two words, Mother Hen 😉