Actress, model, designer and blogger Vanessa Martins rose to fame on the TVI hit series Morangos com Açúcar, but it's her blog Frederica that really got us to notice her. A fitness guru in her own right, her blog inspires thousands to lead a healthy lifestyle, as well as to discover new locations in and around Lisbon, always with a wellness theme. She also partnered with Bohemian Swimwear to design a swimwear collection, which she presented at our very own Ritz Spa.
To get to know her a little bit better, we asked her a few questions:
- Secret location?
Deli Delux perfect for brunch.
- Best view?
Miradouro da Graça is a great place to get an all-around view of the city. It's quite often a sunny place, and you can see all the way across the river and the 25 de Abril bridge, and the Cristo Rei on the other side. It's such a special place to me that I moved to Graça just to be closer to it!
- A guilty pleasure?
For me my pleasures aren't guilty. I enjoy what I do without it weighing on my conscience. Be happy!
- Where can we find you on a Saturday afternoon?
Sometimes I go for a walk with my boyfriend through the streets of Graça and Alfama all the away to Terreiro do Paço and have a snack before coming back home.
- A perfect day with your family or friends?
A perfect day with people I love is at the beach, relaxing and having a nice chat. As the sun goes down, nothing better than some tasty sea food!
- A trend for Lisbon’s future?
Lisboa will be a future sports city! We have perfect weather and conditions to practice many different outdoor sports all year round. Developing the coast line with appropriate commodities. http://videos.sapo.pt/dkbeAzLizENRoUt0azGI
- Favourite drink in the city? Coolest place to have a drink?
From the small streets of traditional Lisbon to hotel rooftops and even by the river you can find different and cool places to go for a drink.
- What can you do here & nowhere else?
Portuguese gastronomy is incomparable to any other. And Fado is the soul of the city.
- Favourite book/band/movie?
Book "O monge que vendeu o seu Ferrari.
Band - Miguel Jontel
Movie - " Manuele del amore"
- Why did you decide to create a blog?
Inspiring people to do and see beautiful things. I love fashion and working with brands, sharing my opinions and views on them with the world.
- Who's your style icon?
Rachel Barnes Horowitz, Lena Perminova, Kylie Jenner. I love their style and follow them on Instagram.
- Do you listen to Fado? If so, who's your favourite singer or favourite song?
I occasionally listen to Fado , and I would say my favourite is Mariza.
- The best beauty tip someone ever gave you?
A thorough cleansing of the skin before going to bed.
- The most important beauty addresses in Lisbon?
Without a doubt the best place has to be Four Seasons Hotel Ritz Lisbon.
- Something you cannot resist?
I just can´t go without living a healthy life style.
- Someone to take out for dinner? (alive or dead)
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis.
- Someone NOT to be stuck on an elevator with?
An enemy. Anybody who has given me a reason in the past not to enjoy their company.