3 JADE PARFITT4

We are all about celebrating female achievements here at Queen’s Park Mums, and relish the opportunity to meet inspirational local fellow mothers.  To start our series of QP Mums Meets, we are talking to Model, Presenter and mum of three Jade Parfitt.

Jade began modelling at the age of 15 after winning a competition on the television show ‘This Morning’ and very soon after, began working for the likes of ID, The Face and Italian Vogue.  Jade went on to feature  in a host of high profile brand campaigns including those for Versace, Givenchy, Clinique and Jean-Paul Gaultier – and worked with renowned photographers including Richard Avedon, Mario Testino and Steven Meisel.

Jade has recently moved out of London but spent many happy years here in our happy corner of the capital with her family.  We therefore couldn’t resist finding a little bit more about her time here, her favourite family friendly activities, and how she manages to juggle the demands of work and motherhood.

Q: WHAT DREW YOU TO LIVE IN NORTH WEST LONDON?

A: I had lived in Shepherds Bush for many years but when a number of my friends began to move to the area, and my eldest got a place at the lovely Maple Walk School, I thought it made sense to move closer.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE EATERIES IN THE AREA?

A: My favourite places to eat in the area include the delicious Italian restaurant Ida on 5th Avenue – best Tiramisu in London!  I also love Alma’s on Park Parade in Harlesden, not just for the coffee and pastries but also for the speciality cakes.  I ordered a Swedish princess cake for a party from them once and it was really delicious and great value for money.  I also visit Vicki’s on Kilburn Lane for the perfect takeaway lunches and Parlour for lovely lazy Sunday lunches.

Q: WHERE DO LIKE TO INDULGE IN A LITTLE RETAIL THERAPY?

A: One of my favourite shops in the hood is Scarlet & Violet on Chamberlayne Road.  I love everything about it – it makes me want to learn floristry it’s so beautiful!  I also love visiting the Queen’s Park Farmer’s Market for it’s fresh and organic farm produce.

Q: WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE FAMILY FRIENDLY ACTIVITIES AROUND THE AREA?

A: We particularly love visiting Roundwood Park, and enjoy racing to the top of the hill searching for fairies in the aviary.  I’m sad to hear the cafe has closed down, I hope someone takes it over soon.  I used to also take my little one to the music sing-along at the Salvation Army in Harlesden – the best fun for a toddler, and it’s only £4!  For days out, we loved going to the wonderful Princess Diana playground in Kensington Gardens, and trips to the Natural History Museum.

Q: WHAT DO YOU MISS MOST ABOUT LONDON NOW YOU HAVE MOVED OUT?

A: The thing I miss most about living in London is my friends.  Not just my old friends, but all the locals who became friends in the school, parks, shops and local cafes.  It’s a myth that Londoners aren’t friendly.

Q: YOU’RE STILL MODELLING AND PRESENTING – HOW DO YOU MANAGE TO JUGGLE THE DEMANDS OF WORK WITH THREE YOUNG CHILDREN?

A: With my baby girl still only four months old, I’m not working much at the moment – though I have done a few things to help keep my sanity.  It’s so chaotic with three as they are all at such different stages – just doing one job usually entails a Nanny and a Granny on hand to help!  I am extremely luck that both Grannies are so generous with their time as in my work, things often happen very last minute.  I was asked to model for Menswear label Oliver Spencer earlier this year and had to arrange three different childcare solutions to get the job done!  It’s tricky when you have kids – whether you work or not, it’s all a juggle.

Q: THE DUKE AND DUCHESS OF CAMBRIDGE ARE EXPECTING THEIR THIRD CHILD LATER THIS YEAR, IF YOU COULD GIVE THEM ONE PIECE OF ADVICE, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A: I’m sure the Duke and Duchess don’t need any advice from me! However, when I had two under two it was super hectic, and what I needed was time to spend with my toddler as well as time alone with my baby.  I would say accept as much help as is offered to you – and invest in a really good double buggy!

Q: LASTLY, IF YOU COULD GIVE ONE PIECE OF ADVICE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF, WHAT WOULD IT BE?

A: My advice to my younger self would be to travel more.  I travelled a lot with work but there are so many places I still want to go and explore.  Also, enjoy all those lie-ins while you can!

London representation: Storm Models
Photo credit: Darren Gerrish (backstage at the Oliver Spencer A/W 18 fashion show)
Find Jade on Instagram @JadeParfitt

 

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