Layover Life: Paris, France

C’est la vie, mon chéri; I finally made it to Paris, France!

When I was in highschool, a few of my classmates had the opportunity to visit the “city of love”. Unfortunately, I was unable to join them and have longed to visit Paris ever since. This week, I was finally given that opportunity and had an amazing time with the crew.

We touched down in the evening and opted to eat dinner together at the hotel before resting for the evening. A few of us decided to leave the hotel, but because of our later arrival time, I wanted to ensure that I was well rested for the adventures to come. I really enjoy when the Cabin Crew get’s together for dinner, because we get to know each other outside of our uniforms!

Following a good night’s sleep, a few of us caught the train from the airport to the city- a trip that took us about an hour. It wasn’t too difficult to navigate the metro, and the people were very helpful when it came to asking for directions. A word of caution though- be sure to watch your bags while travelling in Europe. We had a bit of a scare while in transit! Although everything turned out alright, this incident could have been prevented. Keep your bags close to you, and sealed!

The first attraction on our list was the Eiffel Tower. As you can imagine, it was very busy and we weren’t able to make it to the top. We still managed to pause for some pictures and ventured to the Jardins du Trocadéro where we got a perfect view of the landscape. This is where tons of tourist come to snap pictures.

From there, we travelled to the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of my favourite movies, so you can imagine how excited I was to be there! Due to time restrictions, we couldn’t go into the Cathedral and had to head back to the hotel shortly after.

If you go: There is a lot to do in Paris, France. My advice to you if you go is to plan your trip accordingly. I’ve said this before, but I try not to plan ahead for my layovers because I like the element of surprise. However, because Cabin Crew only spend about 24 hours here at a time, I regret not picking a specific attraction to spend the day at.

Next Stop: Doha, Qatar (turnaround x2) followed by Brisbane, Australia!

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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 hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Where I’ve Been

…I think it’s about time for an update, and I would LOVE to share with you guys what I’ve been up to!

As some of you may remember, this month I have 3 new destinations and the pleasure of operating a Toronto flight home. I’ve been documenting each of these trips on Instagram, and have garnered over 17.7K followers as a result! Due to the overwhelming support on social media, I have been updating these accounts more frequently than this blog, but hope that you will continue to follow me regardless.

You can find me on:

Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

Thank you for your love and support; it means the world to me!

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

 

Layover Life: Oslo, Norway

This was by far the coolest place I have ever visited. Norway has been on my bucket list since I was a kid, and it was everything I thought it would be!

We landed around noon and without a second to spare, jumped on the train to Frognerseteren Restaurant. This is a common place for Cabin Crew to hang out and take in the sights and sounds of Norway, while enjoying a pint or two. Although it’s called Frognerseteren Restaurant, there are actually two places to eat there: Cafe Seterstua and Restaurant Finstua.

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Views from Frognerseteren Restaurant. Wherever I go, I carry my country’s flag with pride!

After grabbing a bite to eat and snapping a few pictures, we continued on our way. We hopped back on the train and into the city. There is a lot to see in downtown Oslo, so we took our time walking through Karl Johans Gate. This is a really busy street popular among tourists because of its shops, restaurants and attractions.

We walked from the railway station (Jernbanetorget) to the Royal Castle, then down to the Rådhusbrygga Ferry Terminal. The ferry boats from Rådhusbrygge take you to the islands of the inner Oslo Fjord, so we decided to hop on one as the sun began to set. Instead of getting off on one of the islands, we stayed on to take in the views. It made for some picture perfect memories and was a great way to end our busy day!

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Oslo, Norway is my new favourite destination. I hope to be back soon!

If you go: Oslo is gorgeous and there is a lot to do. Make sure you give yourself a few days when visiting, because 24 hours isn’t enough time!

Next stop: Los Angeles, U.S.A!!

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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 hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

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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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: New York, U.S.A

Ahhh New York. The city that never sleeps! This is my fourth time visiting, and I have to agree with the famous statement “if you’re bored in New York, it’s your own fault”. There is always something to do here!

This time around I was blessed with a 42 hour layover. I had a few errands to run, but other than that I was really set on seeing the city.

When we landed, I headed straight for Times Square. Even though the crew made it to our hotel downtown around 11pm at night, the stores I needed to visit were open until 1am.

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Having a laugh on one of the Statue Cruises!

The following day, I met with two other Cabin Crew to tour the city. It’s hard to believe that I’ve been to NYC a few times, but never did a “hop-on, hop-off” bus tour. Needless to say it was worth it.

We went all around Manhattan and through downtown Brooklyn, hitting up: the Downtown Loop, Times Square North, Times Square 42, Empire State Building, Korea Town, Flatiron District, Union Square, Greenwich Village/NYC, NOHO, SOHO/Little Italy, Chinatown, World Trade Center/City Hall, Battery Park – State Street, Battery Park – Battery Place, High Line and Madison Square Garden. We even jumped on one of the Statue Cruises boats to get a closer look at the Statue of Liberty.

For dinner, we stopped at one of my favourite restaurants, the Hardrock Cafe in Times Square. It may be a huge tourist trap, but the food and the atmosphere is incredible!

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Cruising under the Brooklyn Bridge!

If you go: Brace yourself, the traffic is always bad in the city! New York uses a gridlock system, so when you are bumper to bumper, you better hope your tour guide is a good one with a lot of information to share!

Next Stop: Oslo, Norway.

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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 hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

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.

Where I’ve been: I’m now on the Emirates Business Promotions team!

It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago I applied for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates. When I received my golden call and accepted the opportunity, I decided to set a few goals for myself within the company.

Today, I am happy to share with you that I have achieved one of these goals. You are looking at one of the newest members of the Emirates Business Promotions team!

This means that I will be representing the airline at numerous events around the world (such as tennis matches, baseball games etc.) and speaking to media. I may also be selected to appear on television and participate in Emirates official photo shoots and commercials. I’m not sure when my first event will be, but I’m really looking forward to this new adventure!

As I’ve said before in my previous posts, I applied for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates twice before being selected. Even though being turned down the first time was discouraging, I picked myself up and tried again. Now look what I’ve managed to accomplish! The moral of this story and why I’m sharing all of this with you is because I believe that..

…to be successful you must maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on around you. Focus on your previous successes rather than your failures, and use this energy to plan the next steps you need to take to fulfil your goals. Do not linger on the distractions that may be thrown your way, and always remember that anything is possible”

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this crazy journey. I hope I’m making you proud! ❤

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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.