August Roster

My roster for the month of August has arrived, and I couldn’t be more excited! I have been blessed with three new destinations (*) and a few quick turnaround flights:

  • Toronto, Canada
  • Paris, France *
  • Dublin, Ireland *
  • Brisbane, Australia *
  • Doha, Qatar (turnaround) x2
  • London, England
  • Chennai, India (turnaround)

This means that I will have a lot more photos and blog posts to share with you guys in the coming weeks. I hope you’ll stay tuned!

Next stop: Cairo, Egypt (turnaround)

Edit: I previously stated that I was going to Hamburg, Germany and Los Angeles, U.S.A. I ended up swapping them for a Toronto flight home and a flight to Australia! 

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Beauty Basics: 5 Tips to help you maintain that Cabin Crew glow 

Cabin Crew are always in the spotlight. Whether we’re operating a flight or walking around the airport, passengers are always looking our way. We are the ultimate ambassadors of our airline, which is why image and uniform is such an important component of our job. We always need to ensure our grooming is up to standard, so that we constantly look the part.

I’ve been flying for about seven months now, and some of the most popular comments I receive onboard revolve around my appearance. For the most part, Cabin Crew take pride in this. Standards or not, it’s a blessing to wear our uniform. We try to look the best that we can while we are in them. Hop on Instagram and check out #cabincrew and you’ll see what I’m talking about!

That being said, there are several beauty tricks and tips we use to maintain that flawless look at 30,000+ ft:

1) Maintain adequate rest

 When you rest, your body recovers leading to a long list of benefits for your appearance. Cabin Crew often have a hard time achieving the recommended 7 to 9 quality hours of sleep each night. This is why it is important for us to use our rest days to recover from the hours we spend in the sky. More sleep means fewer wrinkles, less puffy eyes, a brighter glow to the skin as well as healthier hair.

2) Moisturize daily

This is one of the easiest ways to ensure your skin is always soft and hydrated. It will help you to look and feel younger given its anti-aging benefits, and will also protect you from the dry air and UVA/UVB rays you’re exposed to while flying.

 3) Drink plenty of water

There are many health benefits to drinking water. It keeps your skin hydrated but also assists with weight loss and kidney function too. The Institute of Medicine suggests that an adequate intake of water for men per day is roughly 13 cups, while women should consume around 9 cups daily. Other benefits include increased brain productivity and energized muscles.

 4) Always carry your beauty essentials with you

Many flight attendants carry their makeup essentials onboard to stay “refreshed” throughout their shift. Some flights can be 15+ hours long, and with the air as dry as it is, our skin starts to absorb our makeup fairly quickly.

 – Primer, pro-long wear and a setting powder/spray are your best friends: To help maintain a fresh look, we use primers, pro-long wear makeup products and a good setting spray or powder. Powders tend to be hard to reapply in the air and dry the skin out, whereas sprays help to soothe and depuff the skin.

 Dry Shampoo and hairspray are lifesavers: Many airlines have standards as to how Cabin Crew can wear their hair. On flights, dry shampoo and hairspray help us to maintain these hairstyles while giving us a glossy, fine-tuned look.

 5) Get into a skincare routine

 After a long flight, cleaning your skin can take some effort. Despite this, it’s important to have a routine if you want to keep your skin clear. Always take your makeup off before bed. Poorly removed makeup cannot only clog pores, but can worsen certain skin conditions.

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In Summary…

Being a flight attendant certainly isn’t easy, but when your office is in the sky and you get to travel around the world for a living, it’s hard to complain. We chose this lifestyle and as difficult as it may get, many of us take great pride in what we do. Yes, we have a lot of standards to adhere to -especially when it comes to our image and uniform- but the feeling you get when you’re all dressed and ready for a flight makes it all worth it.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Your Cabin Crew Questions Answered

This week I was going to write about my layover in Munich, Germany, but I got pulled off the flight and ended up operating a turnaround to Malé, Maldives. SO, instead of that, I thought it would be cool to answer some of the questions you guys have been asking me on social media about what it’s like to be Cabin Crew with Emirates. (Note: I will be adding questions like this once a month to my Q&A page here).

1. Why did you move to Dubai to become Cabin Crew with Emirates?

There are many reasons why I chose to move to Dubai and become Cabin Crew with Emirates. In short, I saw it as an opportunity to travel the world, experience different cultures, live abroad and meet new people from around the globe.

One of my favourite quotes in life is ‘in the end you only regret the chances you didn’t take,’ so when I received my golden call after having applied twice, I felt as though I had to accept the position. In my eyes, it was fate. You can read all about my experience with the Emirates application process here.

2. How much time do you get to spend in other countries when you are flying?

The length of a layover depends on multiple factors such as aviation regulations, the scheduled departure time/arrival time of an aircraft, the destination itself and sometimes even the weather! Cabin Crew usually get around 24 hours, but again it depends on the above. The longest layover I’ve had was 32 hours and the shortest one was 16 hours.

3. Did you go to school to become a flight attendant?

No. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to have any experience in aviation to become Cabin Crew with Emirates. The airline teaches you everything you need to know at the Aviation College in Dubai.

For example, I have a BA Hons. degree in Political Science and Health Studies from McMaster University, as well as a postgraduate certificate in Public Relations from Humber College. -No aviation experience at all! 🙂

Got a question for me? You can leave a comment below or send me a message on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter. I can’t respond to everyone individually but please know that I do read everything you send to me and appreciate your support!

Next Stop: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Mahé, Seychelles

This hidden paradise was one of the best layovers I’ve had so far! Although it was only 14 hours in length, I still had the opportunity to explore the place.

For those of you who are unfamiliar with Seychelles, it is composed of 115 islands and is located in the Indian Ocean off East Africa. I refer to it as a hidden paradise because I find not a lot of people know about it. At least, I didn’t until I was rostered to operate this flight!

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Your typical ‘Cabin Crew tourist’ photo from the resort.

There are many beaches, coral reefs and nature reserves to enjoy in Seychelles, but most of the crew decided that the best way to spend our time here would be on the resort. From the plane, we went directly to brunch before tanning, swimming and playing games together on the beach.

My favourite part of the entire trip was when I went for a walk along the shoreline with another Canadian crew that I met on the flight. The views we took in together were breathtaking. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything like them before!

Following this little adventure, I went back to hotel to catch a quick nap before the flight back to Dubai. I really wish I could’ve spent more time here, so I’m adding it to my list of places that I need to go back and visit!

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Views from Seychelles!

If you go: Spend more then 14 hours there! lol

Next stop: Beirut, Lebanon (turnaround)

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Back to school…!

Hello again!

The next three days I will be attending Emirates Aviation College for a Service Assessment. Should everything go well, I will complete my probationary period with Emirates and graduate on Thursday, April 28th!

These assessment days give Cabin Crew the chance to show management how they’ve grown and developed since they first started flying. It also allows Emirates to evaluate their service delivery (based on the following competencies: customer service orientation, teamwork, organizing for results and professionalism) to ensure Emirates service standards and procedures are being followed correctly onboard.

During this period, Cabin Crew are required to present a portfolio (containing tasks they were asked to complete over the past few months) to their seniors, participate in a series of group activities and write several tests to prove their competency.

Every GR2 Cabin Crew member [GR2=Economy Class] must complete this three day assessment prior to the end of their probation period in order to become official Cabin Crew with Emirates. As difficult as this all may sound, Cabin Crew have been flying for a while at this point in time. Everything will come naturally!

Things are going well for me so far, but I am really looking forward to walking across that stage on Thursday.

I’ll let you guys know how that goes!

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A small look at my portfolio. Cabin Crew are not required to be this creative- I just really enjoy arts and crafts!

Next Stop: Harare, Zimbabwe

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

 

Layover Life: Hong Kong, China

I’ve only been to Asia twice, so when I saw Hong Kong on my roster this month I was thrilled! The city is known for its skyline and natural harbour, and is one of the world’s most densely populated metropolises.

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My flight arrived in Hong Kong fairly late in the evening on a Friday night, so the first thing the crew decided to do was head to the hotel bar. Our Captain was celebrating his birthday, which gave us the perfect excuse to go out for a night on the town.

There are plenty of clubs in Hong Kong, but we decided to head to Central Soho to a place called Drop. It was recommended to us by other crew, and ended up being a lot of fun. The venue was classy and had a cool, laid back vibe. The music ranged from nu-jazz, garage and classic house, and the crowd was fairly young. Needless to say, we had a good night!

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The next morning, we hopped on the tram and ventured to one of the cities most renown tourist locations- The Peak. It is the highest point on Hong Kong Island. Although it was foggy and we couldn’t see the city in it’s entirety, the view we did get was still gorgeous. On a good day, you would normally be able to see skyscrapers, Victoria Harbour and the green hills of the New Territories. Unfortunately, the only view we got was some rolling hills. Oh well!

Following this, we ventured to the Man Mo Temple– a Taoist temple in downtown Hong Kong. Built in 1847, it is said to be the oldest temple in the city. Visitors are able to purchase incense, light them and place them where they’d like in the temple. It was a cool experience.

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If you go: The Peak is always busy, but I don’t recommend going on a Saturday like we did. Fortunately we went early enough that we missed the massive line-up (around 9:30AM), but I’m pretty sure we got lucky. I also wouldn’t recommend going on a foggy day like we did!

With regards to the temple, I wouldn’t recommend it to those who do not like smoke. There are a lot of incense burning throughout it, and it sticks to your clothing.

Next Stop: Amman, Jordan (turnaround) then back to New York!

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the resort Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

April Roster!

It’s my favourite time of the month- rosters are out! In April, I will be flying to:

  • Hong Kong, China
  • Amman, Jordan (turnaround)
  • Johannesburg, South Africa (x2)
  • New York, United States

This month is particularly exciting for me, because I will also be completing my probationary period with Emirates. This means that I will have been with the airline for 6 months and have officially completed my training as Emirates Cabin Crew.

I’m looking forward to sharing these adventures with you!

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.