#WhatDrivesYou: World Explorer and Super Mama Angie Campanelli
November 9, 2015
Television host and producer, writer, and supermom Angie Campanelli describes her ideal world as "kale smoothie-coated, diet coke-dipped and full of warm sunshine." While that may not always be the reality, Angie is always a ray of light and breath of fresh air. We sat for a chat over power juices and a jellybean or two (dozen), and talked about everything from Family Travel Guide (a must read for any travellers) to staying present in the midst of modern madness.
Angie and Jack Campanelli giving a Bugaboo a test drive
What is your wardrobe must-have for transitioning weather?
For transitioning wardrobes, I'm all about two things: layers and accessories. No matter the season, I find swapping out scarves (materials, patterns and colours), necklaces and watches as well as layering using fitted underpinnings work best for me. It's a simple way to carry your favorite pieces forward (like jeans and jackets) and still look current and be dressed for the weather.
What inspired you to start Family Travel Guide?
Rick and I booked our first trip for Jack well before he was even born. It gave us a goal to reach - 7 weeks post partum. Before we left, I scrambled to find helpful advice on how to take a baby on a plane, to a hot climate etc. As our travels continued so did my need for knowledge and tips. Eventually, through trial and error, we compiled advice into one place hoping to encourage other families to get mobile.
What are your tips for travelling with an infant or young child?
Pack smart and light. Rent as much as you can from the location you're heading to (rental services available in most major cities) and don't think that planning will prevent disaster. One flight might be pure perfection with your infant or young child sleeping the whole time whereas the return journey might end up being a total disaster. The end goal is just reaching your destination and no matter how you do it, you'll get there...
Can’t live without beauty product?
I'm obsessed with lipstick. It's such an easy way to look put together when I don't feel like doing any makeup. Lipstick and sunglasses, baby. I'm currently obsessed with the Charlotte [Tilbury] Matte Revolution line. I swapped out my nudes and pinks for deep maroon, thanks to the suggestion of your team. When I travel, I always make sure I have Ours by Cheryl Hickey "Anything Balm" because I can honestly apply it to anything -- dry lips, dry skin, inner nostril (on flight to prevent catching germs), the baby's bum and so on.
Charlotte Tilbury Matte Revolution lipstick in Glastonberry - a staff and star favourite!
What’s your motto to live by?
As a working girl, my motto was "never settle" in the sense of always striving to be your best and produce your best work. It was a way to make every day different and improved when most things around you stay the same.
As a wife and mom, it's all about being present. We can all get caught up in technology and FOMO (fear of missing out) but all that matters is the moment, being present and really enjoying it regardless of what's happening around you.