Annie is a clever women who is creative in all avenues of her life. From the kitchen bench she build with her Dad to her work with the Design Files. This true Maltese beauty is also one of our endless cooking inspirations. Read about this sweet sister below.
Full name: Annie Portelli
What does work mean to you and what do you do?
For me, work equals a nice blend of versatility and unfamiliarity, especially from a creative point of view. I spend so much time working so it’s really important that I end each day feeling like I’ve learnt something new, and created something that I’m actually proud of. I am lucky enough to be the Art Director and Graphic Designer for The Design
Files - where no two days have ever been the same. I’m always being faced with different tasks, testing different skills everyday, I really love it.
Tell us a dream you’ve made come true?
It sounds ridiculous, but I have to say, my kitchen benchtop! It’s my one true love.
How do you unwind?
I love walking, it’s the best way to start and end your day! I walk to and from work every day - it’s become an integral part of my routine. It gives me time to plan the day ahead on the way up, and walk it off on the way back home. However, the best strolls happen when you have nowhere to be, or any particular route in mind. Complete bliss!
How do you wind up?
Good company with my closest pals, accompanied by the perfect spotify playlist. When the perfect mix of these two elements are combined, you know you’re in for a good one!
What can friends count on you for?
Being a good ear...and nose. (I have a really good sense of smell)
What does the word sisterhood mean to you?
I have two older brothers and a predominantly male extended family - so naturally I grew into a tomboy - with a confused sense of fashion, and the ability recite any Tupac song. So the idea of sisterhood never really stuck me until a couple of years ago where I suddenly accumulated a really strong group of amazing gal pals in my life. In this time I’ve also learnt that Melbourne is so intertwined, there’s an ongoing ripple effect with all the sister’s in this town! Once you
meet one, she’ll introduce you to another, who brings in another - and before you know it you’re surrounded by an ocean of incredibly supportive and warm hearted souls - and there you have it - a sisterhood is formed!
What does your dream house look like?
Has anyone seen that interview of Devendra Badhard in his home on Nowness? Well THAT’S my dream home...Devendra Banhard included <3Banhttps://www.nowness.com/series/my-place/devendra- banhart-barbaraanastacio
What’s baking in your oven/ Specialty?
Recently I’ve really gotten into making a soup each week! It’s such a daggy choice of meal but it’s actually the best, so easy, nutritious and so scrummy and it takes me through the week! There’s also something nice about picking up a bunch of seasonal veggies from the market each week, popping them in a pot together and hoping for the best! I’m yet to be disappointed.
This is an almost impossible question to answer...however I have a sever case of ye’ol sweet tooth so I really can’t turn a slice of ANYTHING-from- Beatrix-bakery! Best and worst thing I’ve ever done is follow them on instagram. Big mistake.
Describe your favorite piece of clothing and why?
I love anything that wraps; a wrap top, wrap skirt a wrap dress I even have a pair of wrap pants! I have so many different variations of ‘wrap’ clothing! Maybe it’s the comfort of being ‘hugged’ by your clothes that I really like. Whatever it is, I’ll never stop wearing them.
How do you keep a healthy mind, body and soul?
I find that speaking to my family really levels me out. They’re collectively some of the most healthiest and happiest people I know. I always feel at ease after chatting with them. They bring me back to reality, tell me what to cook for dinner based on what’s left my fridge and they always have a story! In saying that, a little alone time goes a long way for me too. It depends on the day.
Your most memorable holiday?
Italy, June/July 2017 - I lost many instagram followers that holiday - no regrets.
Ocean or desert?
Ocean for sure! It’s in the blood.
Apertiff or digestiff?
Apertiff, especially if there’s a platter of cheese involved.
Sunrise or sunset?
Sunrise...whether you’re waking up fresh, or seeing the night through - Everything is more memorable during a sunrise. I’m also a very early riser, so mornings are always my preferred choice for anything.
Dance party or dinner party?
I feel like everyone will agree when I say - Dinner party, followed by an impromptu dining room dance party. But the party must not leave the dining room, no exceptions.
This depends on the time of year but right now - (Mid September) Jasmine flowers! I also love the smell of a mandarin being peeled.
What’s on your bedside table?
An odd and conflicting selection of unfinished books which I’m currently trying to get through.
The first album you ever bought is…?
Ha well, yes having two older brothers did certainly ‘influence’ my early taste in music, so no surprises here that my first album was ‘All Eyez on Me’ by 2pac. I bought it so they thought I was cool. I think it worked?
What are you listening to now?
I’m currently listening to Connan Mockasin’s Live boiler room set. I know it’s old news but this tab has been permanently open on my web browser since it’s release!
One or two things you want to do before you leave earth?
I have heaps of little things that I want to do rather than big goals to work towards. I actually have a running list which I check back with on the 17th of each month. I’ll share two things from my list:
#4 - Enquire to learn a new language (oh dear...this has been on my list for over 5 months)
#7 - Grow hair long enough to be able to style into a long, chunky plat. (Work in progress)