JOURNAL003 : Girls Who Ride (Velondonista)

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In this series we hang out with inspirational women to discover why they love London, cycling and what's in their wardrobe. In this first edition we speak to Janna from lifestyle blog Velondonista. A crossroad of travel, culture and style navigated through cycling, we love her beautiful photography and minimal, dressed-down style.

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1. What inspired you into the world of cycling? 

Like many others I used to cycle as a kid and absolutely loved it. When I moved to London, it took me 4 years to brave myself to try out cycling, even though I had plenty of encouragement from friends and family. It was moving to Hackney that made me actually pick up a bike and get riding. It was simply the easiest and quickest way to get around East London. Once I started cycling again, it inspired me to write a blog called to encourage other girls and women to get cycling.


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2. What is your favourite summer outfit to wear while spending a sunny day out on your bike? 

Wearing a dress (with plain black shorts underneath, as you never know the wind direction whilst cycling!) Some sort of trainers, or my Dr Martens, a waterproof jacket like this one by Protected Species (just in case it starts pouring with rain) and a Phillip Lim Pashli backpack that fits my Macbook and camera nicely.  In reality, you'll most likely find me wearing ripped denims, my Nike Prestos and a tee. 

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3. What is your favourite cycle route/destination to cycle to in London? 

Barnsbury and Canonbury are hands-down my favourite areas to explore by bike. These neighbouring areas are full of pretty tree-lined Victorian houses with beautiful wisteria and ivy arrangements and buzzling pubs nearby. I especially love cycling at night around De Beauvoir Town; peeking through huge bay windows and admiring interiors.

4. What is the one cycling accessory you can’t live without? 

Definitely my pink glasses, not only do they make everything look prettier and brighter they are prescription and so help me see the road better!


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