How To Pack/Travel light- 5 simple ideas

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How To Pack/Travel light- For a city break

Now, I am certainly no expert, not the best start to a blog, I know; I am always complaining about forgetting something, wishing I had bought that item that in my head seemed it would change my entire wardrobe. BUT  with the amount that I travel I have mastered a few hacks that I wanted to pass on. Having just got back from Berlin (Blog to follow soon), I wanted to share some ideas with you.

Mostly likely you are working with hand baggage allowance which doesn’t leave much room but for a few days, even up to a week in some cases, it’s all you need to pack the absolute essentials. It always takes the hassle our of the traveling part, which makes the over all experience more enjoyable.

Short and sweet, here are my tips on- How To Pack/Travel Light For A City Break.

A trusty holdall. 

I absolutesb2507_blackly swear by my Sweaty Betty holdall. I bought the original holdall which I believe is still available but, pictured here is a beautiful alternative- the Union Jack Hold All. The carry straps go comfortably over your shoulders and fit like a back pack if you have to lug it around town or the extended strap is ideal. It is really spacious and there is even a section for your laptop. You cal also carry items under which is ideal if you to separate clothes if you have been to the beach or simply clothes you won’t wear again. TO SHOP THIS ITEM CLICK HERE.

 

The perfect back pack

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Again, I am all about that Sweaty Betty lifestyle. If I am doing anything outdoorsy then of course it’s my Vaude day packs. However for traveling and exploring a new city, my Sweaty Betty all sports backpack is that one item I worship like a total geek. I am rarely seen without it off the mountain. There are plenty of compartments and it’s light weight. TO SHOP THIS ITEM, CLICK HERE.

 

 

 

Your favorite comfy shoes

My conveStockSnap_BD31KHIDA7rse have become my off mountain uniform. They seem to go with EVERYTHING and few could disagree that no matter what the occasion converse are perfect. Whenever heading on a city break I am always sure to take my converse; to go sight seeing, chilled park hangs and matching with a cute dress to head out for drinks! Stress free packing.

Sunnies

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I am one of those people that has always LOVED wearing my sunglasses. I mean, I was bullied for ever little thing in high school, even down to the fact that when it was sunny, guess what- I wore sunglasses. I digress. I am never without my sunglasses and I recently picked up a few awesome pairs on ASOS. They look similar to the Ray Ban round metal frames but without the price tag.

Think simple for your #OOTD

My mum always jokes that I have no idea what I am doing if I am not wearing layers of back country clothing. Truth is, I have always had a very distinct sense of style. I love sports luxe. Probably why I love Sweaty Betty so much but pairing basic sport pieces with the odd statement item like a patterned jacket. That’s why whenever I am traveling on a city break I think simple. My face statement leggings with a loose fit T or simple a basic light cotton jumper and a cute skirt. Plus my converse of course. It never fails!

 

I hope you found this blog useful. Let me know what you think. The Berlin Travel blog is coming VERY soon indeed but until then. . . .

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Volunteering in Malawi with Love Support Unite. Good for the soul!

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Now do I have a pretty big update for you lovely people!

So some of you may know that I have been working along side Love Support Unite charity and the the brand Love Specs. I have been helping them with their social media as gosh knows, I love social media. It is a truly beautiful organisation and It in genuinely  a labor of love. All the late nights and many hours spent on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and now Snapchat too- is just wonderful as the path that we are is one that leads to promise and to the future.

Who are Love Support Unite?

Trying to steer clear of the word charity in it’s most literal sense, Love Support Unite are more of a meeting of minds. With 6 pillars of hope and plans for the future, they try to change lives for communities in Malawi. Malawi being top 10 world’s poorest country, yet a country so full of culture, potential and bursting at the seams with love; is a country that needs a little helping hand. We don’t work for them, we work with them, helping them empower themselves and find a genuine level of sustainability in all aspects of daily life, to ensure they can leave crippling poverty behind. Through: Clean water, clean energy, reliable crops, sustainable education, local business loans, medical care and even helping source materials for building work, care for children and overall improvement in the local community. Using the hashtag #YouAreLove, this empowering idea is putting love at the forefront. They raise money through you generous people, via one time or monthly donations but also through the sale of their product that embodies their ideas- Love Specs.

Donate at: http://lovesupportunite.org/donations/

Love Specs

Love Support Unite are Love Specs and Love Specs and Love Support Unite. Love Specs are really unique. These heart shaped glasses are love all over. Popular at festivals, parties and anyone who likes to be that little bit different; When you place the flip filter down, the glasses react with light and let you see hearts everywhere you look.- these glasses are beautiful inside and out. 100% of proceeds go to Love Support unite and with the original black specs being a snip at just £12 you can’t really say no. They have also brought out a new retro John Lennon esc pair that are too cool for school and really limited edition, PLUS a few times a year they come out with one of a kind, specials in purple, red and white!

Volunteering

Running their social media means being up close and personal in all aspects of Love Support Unite. Trying to understand what it must be like to live in Malawi and more over, try to thrive and grow for your family and your community. That is why, when they suggested I should go on the next volunteer trip in October I knew I had to go. I was worried about money; this winter I really need to focus and be committed, so I knew I needed to save money. However, I also knew that this summer has been a soul searching journey for me to becoming genuinely happy with myself and the world around me. This is the part of me that spoke and said I needed to do this to gain a better understanding of all that life encompasses, all that is out there- outside of the snow sports world. I want to live my life from a stance of compassion, love and care and I know that going to Malawi and being given to opportunity to see all parts of Love Support Unites’ work will help me grow and appreciate all that I am so lucky to have. This is something bigger and more important that me and I want to be just a teeny tiny part or making anyone’s life just a bit more easy.

So there you have it, for just 10 short days in October, right before the ski and snowboard show, I am jetting off to Malawi. I think the part I am most intrigued about is female empowerment. A subject so close to my heart I hope to help women in the communities in Malawi, see how all powerful and wonderful they are. I will be Snap chatting and filming while I am there so you can see for yourselves what incredible work Love Support Unite.

Follow Them On The Socials!

Snapchat:

Lovespecs_org

Instagram:

@lovesupportunite

@lovespecs

Facebook:

https://www.facebook.com/LoveSupportAndUniteFoundationlsu

https://www.facebook.com/LoveSpecs/

Twitter

https://twitter.com/Volunteer_LSU

 

I AM ON SNAPCHAT- It’s happening in a big way.

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I am on SNAPCHAT!

I could leave it there, you know “I am on Snapchat, that’s it, the end!” But no, that’s not how I roll!

I am legit excited about this and I wanted to share it with all you beautiful and most radical blog readers, all 5 of you. I spend so much time on Snapchat and on social media in general both with work and with my own platforms as an athlete. I have the virtue of seeing how the industry moves and how quickly it changes. Now I love my socials, they all serve a good purpose, Facebook is for sharing all sorts of stuff I see, interesting snow sports content. Twitter is for interacting with my fav people and brands and Insta, well Instagram is my pride and joy. I work really hard to keep everything looking smart and to ensure the pictures really embody who I am as a rider and as a person. But Snapchat, that little wiley minx, is truly the instant social media app.

I love seeing what everyone is up to, especially like my yoga hero’s or other sports people. It also feels so personal when someone snaps to you or when you interact with your followers. I always snap people back if they send me a snap, well I certainly try! So add me, ask me questions, let me know what you are up too but also you will get to see what I am up to on the daily.

Whats coming up?

I am heading to Riva Del Garda for a week of filming on Yoga, Running, SUP and MTB. Through August I will be posting plenty of good foods from my new collab with a certain brand- which I will tell you about very soon. I will be training in Yoga, weights and cardio and then in OCTOBER I AM HEADING TO MALAWI ON A VOLUNTEER TRIP- More info of which is coming very soon so watch this space! THEN!!- Its time for the ski and snowboard show with the lovely people at @fatmapski and @snookswear (follow them on insta) and after I’m off back to Cervinia to start filming immediately. I will be tearing up that glacier like a vegan taco! ARGH CAPITAL LETTERS TO CONVEY MY EXCITEMENT AT HOW MUCH IS GOING ON! This winter is going to rock on so many levels.

Join me on my journey, lets be adventure buddies and get ready for the winter together.

Snapchat: angelicasykes

Instagram: @angelicasykesuk

 

Peace!

 

Freeride World Tour Calendar Announced! A celebration of 2 fallen athletes.

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OH IT’S ON! BIG TIME!

The calendar is out, it has been unveiled and now the athletes can big their rigorous training regime to ensure they can pip the others to the post and WIN the champions freeride comp.

This year, more so than ever, the FWT team should use every comp stop as a chance to celebrate the lives of the 2 incredible riders that we lost this year, Estelle Balet and Matilda Rapaport. The Freeride World Tour and the Freeride World Qualifiers- that I am a part of are, in their essence, an insanely awesome competition series to be a part of. There is, generally speaking, a lot of LOVE, FRIENDSHIP and GENUINE SUPPORT AND HAPPINESS FOR THE SUCCESS OF OTHER PARTICIPANTS. That is another reason why the freeride world is separate to that of the freestyle. The vibes are great and seen as we a small but buzzing industry, we are about the celebration of this progressive and demanding sport which is FREEride. Estelle and Matilda would want everyone in the FWT and FWQ to continue, with a sense of mindfulness and a new understanding for the elements. These ladies were pioneers and continued to push females in the sport, even to their last days. That is why, this year, let us rejoice that we ever had the honor, the pleasure and the experience of having met or ridden with this incredible women.

So the set up is as followers:

HAMONIX-MONT-BLANC, FRANCE
28.01.2017

VALLNORD-ARCALÍS, ANDORRA
11.02.2017

FIEBERBRUNN, AUSTRIA04.03.2017

HAINES, ALASKA, USA17.03.2017

VERBIER, SWITZERLAND01.04.2017

Follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to get the updates when they come in! Then when the dates come along, as I can assure you they will quickly, the summer is already escaping us which is crazzaaayyyyy! before we know it, we will be tuning in to watch the FWT athletes show the world why they are some of the most ore inspiring athletes in the world.

https://www.instagram.com/freerideworldtour/

https://www.facebook.com/FreerideWorldTour

https://twitter.com/FreerideWTour

https://www.youtube.com/user/FreerideWorldTourTV