Welcome to my blog! –
My name is Kelsey and I’m a flight attendant for a Middle Eastern airline. I moved from Toronto, Canada to Dubai, United Arab Emirates in November 2015 hoping to check a few countries off the map. Four and a half years and 73 countries later, I can proudly say that I’ve done just that!
I’ve always been fascinated by aviation having grown up listening to my grandfather’s war stories. He was in the Air Force during World War II, and would often take my sister and I to the air shows in and around London, Ont. where we grew up. He was the President of the Canadian Prisoners of War Association (now the Prisoners of War Relatives Association) and inspired me to become a Cadet. Although in the end I decided it wasn’t for me, I still took great interest in everything that he did.

Since his passing, I found myself more and more interested in the concept of flight. Having completed a B.A. (Honours) in Political Science and Health Studies, I was struggling to put my education and this passion for aviation together when I graduated.

I decided to complete a postgraduate certificate in Public Relations, which helped me to combine these interests. I began working for a boutique PR agency out of Toronto, Ont. and was exposed to clients Lufthansa and Lockheed Martin. Both really fascinated me, but after completing my allotted time at the agency, I accepted an opportunity with Emirates that took me to the skies.

My grandfather wasn’t the only influence that I had growing up. I was also intrigued by the fashion industry. Having been modelling since the age of sixteen, I have walked in Toronto fashion week and shot for various publications, designers and international brands. 

I originally created ‘Lipstick and Luggage’ as a platform to document my journey living abroad and travelling the world for my family and friends. As my following began to increase, I decided to take this project more seriously and to combine all of my interests together in an attempt to attract a larger audience. Since then, I’ve worked with GOSH Cosmetics, Fairmont Hotels & Resorts, Emirates, Embraer, Vichy and many more. I’ve also spoken at several conferences and have written for various publications.

I’m still not sure where this journey will take me, but I do know that for now I’m quite happy living out of a suitcase! 



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