Simply Stylist Dubai 2017

Yesterday, I participated in Simply (Dubai), an international fashion and beauty conference, as a speaker on the bloggers panel! We chatted a bit about our lifestyles and how we began blogging, offered some advice to any up-and-comers and discussed some of the challenges we faced while developing our own personal brands.

This gave me the chance to reflect on my blogging/social media journey from over the past two years. For me personally, it has been difficult to “find myself” in a market that is so oversaturated, which is partially why I chose to share more aviation and travel related photos when I first began. This as opposed to fashion, beauty etc. At the time, there weren’t a lot of people doing what I was doing, but now a lot of my colleagues have begun to start similar projects.

Moving forward, I want to share more lifestyle content with you guys. I love collaborating with like-minded individuals and am looking forward to seeing what’s next!

The event itself was wonderful. I learned a lot from the other speakers, including those on my panel: Kat Lebrasse, The Sand Gypsy, My Fash Diary, Chic Flavours and Desert Vogue!

Interestingly enough, Kat was also a flight attendant! She went on to create Lebrasse.com, a creative outlet to document what she loves most: life, travel, beauty, health, style and fashion. I enjoyed hearing how she managed to transition from international jet-setter to social media/fashion mogul. Talk about career goals!

Other speakers at the event included: Catt Sadler from E! News, international blogger Jacey Duprie, fashion blogger Karen Wazen and many more.

That being said, I have to thank Simply and the Azdef team for letting me be a part of things, as well as Deborah Henning for styling me, Ashton for doing my makeup and the lovely ladies I had the pleasure of sharing the stage with. I also want to thank my girls Brigitta, MJ and DeeDee for cheering me on in the audience, and of course, all of YOU for following me on this crazy journey. Good things happen when you surround yourself with positive, like-minded people. I’m blessed to call these girls my friends and to have all of your support!

In case you weren’t able to attend, you can check out my friend MJ’s Youtube Channel. She vlogged about the conference, and gives you a behind the scenes look at what the day was like.

Next Stop: Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬

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Facecard Crystal Ball 2017

This year, I attended the Face (Flight Attendant Club of Emirates) Crystal Ball. Described as the “prom” of Emirates, it gives Cabin Crew and management the opportunity to get all dolled up and enjoy a an evening of elegance, dancing, dinner and entertainment.

Fortunately for my group of friends, Beautiful People of Dubai gave us the full VIP experience. We were treated to a limo ride to the venue, joined by our own videographer and photographer to capture the occasion (more images and video to come). Lyze and I were also spoiled by Blow Out Bar, as they styled our hair for the evening.

It was a great night, but unfortunately it was cut short for me because I had an early morning departure to Bahrain! #CrewLife

Next Stop: Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬

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Simply Stylist Dubai 2017: Speaker Announcement

Photo by Christian Heger

Exciting news! –I’m pleased to share with you guys that I will be speaking at Simply Stylist, an international fashion and beauty conference that will be taking place in Dubai, United Arab Emirates on Oct.12, 2017.

Previous participants at the Dubai event include fashion blogger Amiee Song and renown YouTuber Sazan Hendrix from the U.S. This year, guests will include Catt Sadler from E! News, international blogger Jacey Duprie and many more.

Simply Stylist seeks to connect taste makers with brands, agencies, overseas networks and other like minded individuals.

I’m looking forward to sitting on a bloggers panel as a ‘travel expert’, where I will be discussing how I began blogging, the tools I used to build an audience and the collaborations I have been a part of.

If you would like to attend this event, tickets can be purchased here.

Next Stop: Lagos, Nigeria 🇳🇬

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Layover Life: Johannesburg, South Africa

When a colleague sent me a swap request offering me Johannesburg, South Africa in exchange for a London, United Kingdom flight, I couldn’t say no! Having done three UK flights this past month, I really wanted a change of scenery and that is exactly what I got!

A friend of mine was kind enough to take me around the city, showing me places that very few Cabin Crew have visited. I’ve been to Joburg five times, and have never really seen it from a local’s perspective.

We started the day at a cute little area called 1 Fox Street or “The Sheds”. Located in Ferreirastown, the area is composed of historic warehouses that have been refurbished to make an urban marketplace. Here you can find food and produce, as well as shops, eateries and bars.

From there, we ventured to Arts on Main; a creative hub, consisting of studios, galleries, eateries and retail spaces. While there was plenty of food vendors to choose from, we decided to have lunch at a restaurant called Canteen. For the first time, I tried biltong; a traditional South African food made of dried beef marinated with rock salt, pepper, coarsely ground coriander and vinegar. I also tried chicken liver and Springbok carpaccio! There’s always a first time for everything right?

We ended our afternoon walking around Maboneng; the heart of Joburg. There, we checked out some more local street vendors and watched some South African street performers.

While on our way back to our vehicle, we were stopped by some locals and invited to an exclusive Lipton Ice Tea event. As random as that was, it was held at a place called Living Room Jozi which gave us an unreal view of the city.

As amazing as the day was, I had to operate the flight back to Dubai in the evening with no rest! It was totally worth it though.

Next Stop: Casablanca, Morocco 🇲🇦 

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Cabin Crew Life: Understanding our roster

You guys love hearing about what it’s like to be Cabin Crew with Emirates, so I thought I’d answer your questions about our roster! Please do keep in mind that I am a GR2, meaning that I work in the Economy Class cabin. Rostering is different depending on your role within the company. As a result, I can only speak to to how scheduling works for me. 😊

Each month we have the opportunity to request up to 5 flights and/or days off- this is referred to as “bidding”. There is no guarantee that we will get what we ask for, but it is a chance to tell scheduling where we’d like to go. Whether these preferences are granted or not depends largely on legalities, language requirements, the number of flights available etc.

There are also “groups” that Cabin Crew are randomly assigned to when we join. Many of us think that depending on which group we are in, the chances of getting what we prefer are higher depending on which month it is. In actuality, as GR2s this supposed grouping scheme does not apply to us, so I‘m not going to confuse you guys and get into that any further.

The truth is that when it comes to rostering nothing is guaranteed and the system that Emirates uses tries to allocate as many preferences as it can for us each month -regardless of seniority. There are over 13,000 Cabin Crew working for Emirates across all grades, so you can imagine how difficult it is to take all of our preferences into consideration!

About once a year Cabin Crew are rostered for reserve month; meaning that we receive few to nil scheduled flights and that each night our roster will change around 6pm for the following day. Based on Emirates operational needs, we could be scheduled for a day off, a flight, airport standby or cross-qualification standby.

Our roster for the following month is emailed to us two weeks prior to it’s start, around the 16th. This gives us time to swap flights (trade) with our colleagues if need be. While I can’t show you an actual picture of my roster, here is a sample of what one may look like:

LV = Leave

SRA = Service Training

XX = Days off

The airport codes represent the destination we are flying to and the numbers above them indicate the trip/flight number and the date of our departure. The arrows (–>) mean that our flight continues over a few days. If it is our reserve month, our roster will say “RSV” instead of having airport codes.

It’s exciting not knowing where each month will take you. If you could choose 5 places to go, which destinations would you pick? Let me know in the comments below!

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Next Stop: Casablanca, Morocco

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