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

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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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.

Happy International Flight Attendant Day!

Working as a flight attendant for a major airline can be a glamorous and exciting job, but it is also one that comes with a great deal of responsibility.

The safety and comfort of our passengers is always paramount. In fact, we undergo months of training to ensure we can handle any situation that arises onboard. From security to first aid, we do more than serve food and beverages on our flights!

Today we recognize this.

To my fellow crew, thank you for all that you do! 🙂

#‎UnitedByWings‬

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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.

June Roster

My roster for the month of June is out! I’ll be flying to:

  • Munich, Germany
  • Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • Colombo, Sri Lanka
  • Washington, United States
  • Rome, Italy
  • Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround)
  • Birmingham, United Kingdom

I have never been to Malaysia or Italy, so I’m really looking forward to these destinations the most!

Continue to fly with me on social media:

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.

Graduation Day!

Today is the day I’ve been waiting for ever since I accepted my position with Emirates- Graduation Day! This means that I have successfully completed my probationary period with the airline and am now officially Cabin Crew.

The past six months have been quite the adventure. In November, I made the life-changing decision to follow my heart and move to the business hub of the Middle East- Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

In doing so, I gained some new friends, lost a few friends, learned some hard lessons and have travelled to several countries I never thought I’d ever step foot in. Despite the whirlwind of emotion I experienced, I wouldn’t change a thing!

Life is too short to live with regrets. Although I often wonder what my life would be like if I were back home in Toronto, Ontario, I keep telling myself that everything happens for a reason. Sometimes you must give up the life you planned in order to have the life that is waiting for you. Right now, at this moment, I’m supposed to be here.

Adventure awaits, and I couldn’t be happier.

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Smiling on the balcony of Emirates Aviation College holding the portfolio assignment I completed as a part of our probationary period.

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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

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

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