The Art of Traveling Ultra Light

The Art of Traveling Ultra Light

One glance at me and you presumably think I am the type of girl that packs a full luggage filled with shoes, to accompany a second (maybe a third) filled with millions of outfits that most likely will never make a cameo. Well, you have me all wrong.

I wasn't always a master at the art of traveling light. Over the years I've learned to pack smart. Like many females, I used to pack a BIG ASS suitcase (sometimes 2) filled with tons of outfit options, shoes, and accessories. After countless trips, I started to master the art of packing and quickly realized that I didn't need copious amounts of options. Each trip I take, I learn more and more about editing my outfits and shoes. Plus, if you are traveling from place to place, it's pretty easy to move swiftly from one location to the next.

When I tell people that I traveled for 18-months straight with a 25" suitcase, they never believe me. I show them this photo, and their jaws drop in disbelief. I should also add that this was towards the end of our travels, with three months more to go. A few more clothing items made their way into my luggage. Hey, how can you not shot in Paris, Berlin or Barcelona? I even managed to fit a paella pan miraculously; my wheels were about to burst off, but it fit.

 Here  are my arsenal tips for traveling ultra light:

Check the weather before your trip. Why? This way you'll know what to pack. I used to never do this and sometimes I'd over pack the wrong items and under pack the needed items.

Select your day-of-travel outfit wisely. Why? Because it will create more efficiency when you pack your luggage. I'll typically wear heavier shoes (wedges or boots), a coat or jacket, and a hat. These items will save you space and weight in your luggage. (Note: In the video, I packed my light coat in my luggage since I had room to spare. I generally take it on the plane with me.)

Pre-select your outfits. Picking your outfits ahead of time will not only save you the headache of "what am I going to wear today?" but it will also allow you to pack clothing items that can be combined into multiple outfits. Style your outfits and snap a photo. This will help you keep an inventory of what you have and different outfit combinations. For me personally, I love dresses and jumpsuits. You can dress them up or down, layer them with cardigans, jackets and button downs.

Choose a color palette.  Pick a favorite item that you want to emphasize in your packing list. Then choose two other colors that compliment it well. These three colors will be your color palette for your packing list. I like to pick neutral items as a base like black, white or beige and this will help me decide what I pack.

Pick outfit items that can be repurposed. This is probably my favorite one. Pick out items that can be worn in various ways.  All of the tops should coordinate with all of the bottoms you pack. All outerwear items like a  cardigan and blazer should match everything else, all tops and bottoms. Layering is a great way to get lots of combinations from just a few items. Make sure your tops are thin enough to layer and have coordinating colors. 

Accessories to help change an outfit. Accessories are a great way to change up an outfit. Bring a belt that has enough holes so it can be worn at either the waist or the hip. I generally will back two colors: a brown, black or white belt, all depending on my outfits. Bring at least one piece of statement jewelry that can dress up your looks.

Know how to pack efficiently. The pack in roll method is what I have found to be the most efficient. You can neatly pack items that won't generally wrinkle as much.

Stick to a 25" suitcase or smaller. This will hinder you from over packing. There is really no need for anything bigger unless you are going somewhere where you are required to being bulky items like Iceland or Alaska in the winter or a ski holiday.


Filmed and Edited by: Valerie Fidan / Music by: Yanis Soundress Hypnotized (Dim Sum Remix) / Camera: Olympus E-PL7 with 14-42mm IIR Lens / Luggage: Samsonite Spin Tech Luggage 24" (Similiar item)

Episode 2: How To Make Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies #vblog

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Hello, my beautiful friends! I've got a new video for you!! It's more of a Tasty's inspired video using the Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies recipe from earlier this month. These aren't just any ol’ cookies. Cookies that are a nutty, satisfying and completely healthy yet a sweet breakfast treat that pairs perfectly well with your coffee. These Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Chip Protein Cookies are made from oat flour, have the perfect touch of sweetness and a nice, warm nutty flavor.

Want the full recipe? Head here to get the full recipe: Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Chip Cookies

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MY FILMING EQUIPMENT

Camera - Canon 80D http://amzn.to/2dSrUuT Lens - Canon 50mm f1.2 - best for close-ups & people http://amzn.to/2e4JDyK Alternative to f1.2, and a great starter lens - 50mm f1.8 http://amzn.to/2e9rSSF Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT - great for overhead shots - http://amzn.to/2e1um0l Olympus Pen E-PL7 - http://amzn.to/2dgbD3K Lens - 14-42mm f/3- http://amzn.to/2dXnkuk Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod - http://amzn.to/2dXnqCj


 

Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE the video and Subscribe to the channel for new how-to videos and vlogs every Tuesday! Have a recipe you want to know how-to make them, let me know! xxo, Valerie

Episode 1: How To Make Ombré Layered Smoothies #vblog

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Hello, my beautiful friends!! Drom roll, please... Ok, guys, I'm uber excited for this post. Why? 'cause it's my very first, ever, vblog! After loads of messages on Instagram about getting a how-to video on this, I finally mustered up the courage to get in front of the camera and show you exactly how, the tips and tricks to nailing this every time. A big thanks to the Portland weather and loads of Heart Roaster's cups of coffee, because, without these two, this video probably would have been sitting on my to-do list! (Shockingly, I'm really shy!)

 

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Why am I sharing this? Because to be real with you... I'm pretty damn annoyed that a lot of bloggers out there don't offer to share their process. Many leave you guessing the ingredients used, measurements and even the very critical steps of nailing it down. What the tuck, that's super lame, 'cause sharing is caring. (Word.) I've got nothing to hide or lose here. The ethos of my blog is to be well, eat well through the sharing of recipes and to inspire you. So there for, I'm sharing my process in hopes to inspire you! And, if you can fine tune this even more, that's even better!

WATCH HERE! 👇🏼


Tips & Tricks
Coconut Cream Fat

Where the tuck do get this from? Simple! Place a can of coconut milk in the refrigerator overnight. When ready to use, open the coconut milk can upside down, and drain excess coconut water. You can use this for cooking for a smoothie or smoothie bowl. It's a bit thicker than your normal coconut water. The stuff at the bottom us the coconut cream fat. Spoon out the coconut cream into a high-speed blender for your layered smoothie!

Freeze each layer

A very critical step is to freeze each layer for 10 minutes. This is important. By doing this you are creating a thin layer that will protect the bottom layer from being blended by the layer you are adding. If you skip this step, then your smoothie layers will bleed and blend together creating a hot a mess!

Ombre Effect

To create the ombre effect, start with the darkest layer first. Without cleaning out the blender, add in your ingredients for the second layer, and so on for the third layer. Basically, you're diluting the dark color as you create your different layers.

  • More Black: Black Sesame Seeds will also create a black/grey tone base. Coconut
  • More White: Coconut cream will add more white balance
  • Deep Green: Spirulina will add more deep greens
  • Blue: Blue Green Algae will create a beautiful, bright blue hue
  • Pink/Red: Beets will create more of a deeper red/fusicia color which can be diluted down to a pale pink

RECIPE

Recipe makes 2 servings

What You'll Need...

2 cups frozen greens 1/2 (50g) avocado, cubed & frozen 1 cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1/4 cups pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 2 cups unsweetened cashew milk 3 tablespoons coconut cream fat 1 teaspoon spirulina 1 tablespoon stevia

Toppings... coconut shavings, to taste crushed pecans, to taste bee pollen, to taste

high-speed blender 8oz 2 cups

Layer 1:

add the following to a high-speed blender.... 2 cups frozen greens 1/2 (50g) avocado, cubed & frozen 1/2 cup frozen blueberries 1 tablespoon black sesame seeds 1/4 cups pecans 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 1 3/4 cups unsweetened cashew milk 2 tablespoons coconut cream fat 1 teaspoon spirulina 1 tablespoon stevia

when blended, pour into 2 cups about 2 inches. place in freezer for 10 minutes for the top to harden a bit before adding the second layer

Layer 2:

without washing out the remaining liquid, add 1/2 cup frozen blueberries and blend. Pour about an 1- 1.5 inches on top of the first layer and return to freezer for 10 more minutes.

Layer 3:

without washing out the remaining liquid, add... 1/4 cups cashew milk 1 tablespoon coconut cream fat Pour about an 1 inches on top of the first layer and return to freezer for 5 more minutes.

Layer 4:

Add your toppings! I used these... coconut shavings, to taste crushed pecans, to taste bee pollen, to taste


MY FILMING EQUIPMENT

Camera - Canon 80D http://amzn.to/2dSrUuT Lens - Canon 50mm f1.2 - best for close-ups & people http://amzn.to/2e4JDyK Alternative to f1.2, and a great starter lens - 50mm f1.8 http://amzn.to/2e9rSSF Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT - great for overhead shots - http://amzn.to/2e1um0l Olympus Pen E-PL7 - http://amzn.to/2dgbD3K Lens - 14-42mm f/3- http://amzn.to/2dXnkuk Joby GorillaPod SLR Zoom Tripod - http://amzn.to/2dXnqCj


 

Thank you so much for watching! Please make sure to LIKE and SHARE the video and Subscribe to the channel for new how-to videos and vlogs every Tuesday! Have a recipe you want to know how-to make them, let me know! xxo, Valerie