Thursday, February 13, 2020

8 tips for an overnight flight

This evening at midnight, I will be flying to Amsterdam (with a short layover in Zurich). I haven't seen my parents or family in months, so I'm honestly so excited to visit them! My grandmother's 90th birthday is coming up next week, and I'm thrilled to be able to be there. After all, 90 is a huge milestone, and who knows how many birthdays she has left?

Since I'll be travelling when I'm supposed to be sound asleep, I thought I'd share some tips on how to survive an overnight flight. I'm the lightest sleeper ever, so I really had to figure out how to make myself as comfortable as possible on those tiny airplane seats. But fear not, I think I've found a way!

This is why I will share with you my ultimate survival guide on travelling at nighttime, and also some of my absolute travel must haves!

1. Start hydrating early
It's important to drink lots of water on any flight to not dry out your body and skin. But when you're flying overnight, it's very annoying to have to walk to the bathroom all the time. You'll constantly wake up everyone around you, and I'm pretty sure nobody appreciates that (read: everyone will hate you). That's why it's a great idea to focus on drinking water the day of your flight, including right before boarding your plane. That way, you don't have to worry about dehydrating yourself.

This doesn't mean you shouldn't be drinking any water during your flight, though. I like to bring an empty water bottle that I fill before boarding, so I can sip some water whenever I feel like it while in the air. One can never be too hydrated, right?

2. Wear something comfortable
Nobody likes sleeping in tight, restricting clothes, so try to wear something comfortable. I'm always cold, especially on airplanes, so I tend to layer my outfit whenever I travel. It's a lot warmer and it also saves me some space in my luggage 😉

Pro tip: Wear a scarf! Those airline blankets never seem to be big enough to cover my whole body, so having a nice big scarf with me always helps keeping me warm. My classic Burberry scarf is my favourite, as it's super soft and looks really pretty!

3. Don't skip your skincare routine
Try to treat this night as any other regular night by cleaning your face, and putting on your skincare products, just like you normally do before going to bed. I personally prefer doing this before boarding my plane, but of course you can also do it on board if that's what you like. Sleeping in your make up is a big no-no, so don't forget to remove your make up! That's skincare rule number 1!

Lots of women like to use sheet masks on planes, but I prefer overnight masks because it looks a little less serial killer-like, and it's just easier in my opinion. My favourite is the Chanel Hydra Beauty Masque De Nuit Au Camélia, because it hydrates really well and isn't really visible on the skin, but any overnight mask should work really. Don't forget you're only allowed to bring small, travel-size liquids in your hand luggage.

4. Eat before your flight
I've loved some airplane meals, but disliked most of them. I've once barely eaten on a long flight to Sao Paulo because I simply didn't like the food, and was absolutely starving when we finally landed. This is why I recommend you to find a restaurant at the airport and eat before your flight! This way, your stomach won't be too empty if you don't enjoy your in-flight meal. It's also a great idea to bring some snacks in your hand luggage, just in case you get a little hungry!

5. Invest in a quality travel pillow
I used to never be able to sleep on airplanes, until I bought my Cabeau S3. Most travel pillows that I've tried ended up being uncomfortable and not supportive enough, but this one is amazing. It's a bit higher than most, and you can attach it to your seat, so it eliminates head bobbing, and really helps support your head while you sleep! I love it, I no longer get neck pain after a long flight, and it's the only way for me to get a good night's sleep on board.

Plus, it comes with its own pouch to carry it in, which also holds my pink satin sleep mask.

6. Bring a toothbrush
A smelly breath is not that charming, but it happens to everyone. It's very easy to fix by brushing your teeth after finishing your meal, or after you have slept. Simply bring a toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste, and you're good to go.

7. Prepare your devices
How annoying is it when you're off to the airport, only to find your phone or camera isn't charged? This is why preparation is everything! A good idea is to make a list of devices you want to bring, and to charge them the day before your flight, so you can be sure they're all ready for your trip!

I remember one time, my in-flight entertainment screen was broken, so I had to keep myself entertained in other ways. Luckily I brought a book to read (it was a mid-day flight, so no awkward switching light on and off while the person next to me tried to sleep), but it did make me realize to just download some Netflix shows on my phone, just in case it ever happens again. Another great idea is to listen to some audiobooks!

8. Invest in noise cancelling headphones
A great way to block out other people's snores, is by wearing noise cancelling headphones. I love my pink Fresh 'n Rebel "Clam" ANC (active noise cancelling) headphones because they also work when I'm not listening to music and simply want to sleep without being distracted by others, or by the many noises of a plane. I've never been a big fan of earplugs, so these headphones have been a great buy for me.


These are all of my tips for an overnight flight, so now I would love to hear from you! Do you have any travel tips to share with me?

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Currently loving | Wishlist February 2020

New month, new wishlist! So without further ado, let's dive into my newest finds:

1. Fendi Baguette bag
Just how adorable are these bags?! Early 2000s vibes galore!

2. Zara leather mini skirt
You can never go wrong with a black leather skirt, can you?

3. Kate Spade "Mike" block heel slingbacks
These are so beautiful. And they're currently on sale, yay!

4. "New Abby" tweed sailor cap by Maison Michel
I've been obsessed with everything tweed lately, so I've been wearing it practically non stop. I love the classy combination of black, blue, and gold on this fancy hat.

5. "Andre" felt hat by Maison Michel
I used to have a similar burgundy colored hat a few years ago, that a friend "borrowed", but never returned. So now I obviously want a new one... Fun fact: this gorgeous hat is waterproof! How handy!

6. H&M houndstooth coat
My love for houndstooth patterns is never ending. Just how incredibly classy is this coat?!

What's #1 on your wishlist at the moment?

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

4 Fashion Trends I'll Never Understand

As a fashionista, I obviously love staying up-to-date with designers and all fashion trends! However, there are a few, that I simply do not understand.

1. "Dad" sneakers
I completely understand the importance of comfort when it comes to footwear, and I love a nice sneaker just as much as anyone else. But there are so many more elegant options available! Seriously, why did it suddenly become fashionable to dress like a dad in 1995?

2. Plastic surgery gone too far
Please don't misunderstand what I'm saying here. I 100% support making small changes to one's appearance because I know how much it can boost one's confidence. But just like everything else in life, it's all about balance.

Looking like a caricature is not cute. And no one wants to be stopped from boarding a plane, for not looking like their passport picture.

Please note that this obviously doesn't mean I don't support reconstructive surgery after burns, cancer, or anything like that. The fact that reconstructive surgery is an option nowadays, is awesome.

3. Ripped, or "distressed", fashion
Shirts and pants with rips and holes in them have been "in" for a while now, and I honestly don't get it. Why do you want your brand new clothes to look like they've been attacked by a rabid chainsaw?

Take this super hole-y cotton T-shirt from Balmain for example. Did you know it costs US$1625? Talk about being ripped off.


4. Listening to someone else's opinion on what to wear
You should honestly follow every trend that you want to follow. Style is subjective, so please take whatever I just said with a grain of salt 😉

Do not listen to me - or anyone else for that matter, and wear whatever you want to wear, and whatever makes you happy. When you feel confident in your outfit, you will look hot in it for sure!

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Binge watching

Do you remember The Girls Next Door? It was one of my favorite TV shows as a teen, so you can probably imagine how excited I got to find a YouTube channel full of GND episodes! I've been binge watching every season for a week or so, and I'm currently at season 5. They're celebrating Bridget's sister's 21st birthday in a cute Danish town, which has always been my favorite episode.

It brings back so many memories of being 15 years old, and running home from school to watch what the girls were up to this time. I used to be so fascinated with the girls' luxurious lifes of shopping, dressing up in fabulous outfits, and partying, that I didn't really notice any of the bad things that obviously must have been there. Holly wrote a book a few years ago that I'm very interested in. It's called "Down The Rabbit Hole", have you ever read it? If you did, can you please let me know if it's good or not?

Anyway, I remember everyone used to have a favorite girl back then! I'm not sure who mine is out of Holly, Bridget, and Kendra, but it's probably Holly or Bridget. Or both, as they seem like such lovely girls!

Who was your favorite?

Sunday, January 12, 2020

Simple Sunday

Marlon is having the busiest week ever; he even has to work all weekend! I didn't want to go off by myself today, so except for going to church in the morning, I mainly stayed at home playing Uncharted while he was working at his desk.

Because I didn't really do much, I kept my outfit fairly simple. But I hope you like it anyway! This is what I wore:

Leather pants: Zara
White turtleneck: Found on a street market in Sham Shui Po
Scarf: Burberry
Sneakers: Nike Air Force 1
Handbag: Tory Burch "Fleming" bag

And I wore my glasses because I'm blind, lol.

Monday, January 06, 2020

My fabulous 2020 wishlist

If you've known me for a while, you probably know that I love to shop! One of my favorite things to do online, is to find pretty items that I really like, and then make a fun list to share with you.

Passion Planner
Just imagine how useful this hourly planner would be, and how much fun it would be to decorate every week!

Vanity Planet "Raedia" facial cleansing brush
I think using a brush like this would really help improve my skin, and I also like that it looks super pretty!

The classic Chanel slingbacks
Even though they are quite simple, these shoes have been around for over 60 years. They're such classics, and possibly one of the most versatile shoes ever! I love how great they look styled with jeans and a t-shirt, yet they're still beautiful with a dress.

H&M polka dot flared skirt
.The perfect skirt to wear with a pretty blouse to church, or some diva-sunglasses to go shopping.

Dyson Airwrap
The hottest new hair tool, that promises a salon-quality blowout at home, without damaging your hair. I really want one, but honestly cannot justify spending that much money on a hair product. I can, however, place it on my wishlist and dream about it!
Victoria's Secret classic stripe pajamas
Not really sure yet, though, if I prefer shorts or long sleeves!

"Jesse" angular cat eye sunglasses from Rubi
Cat eye shaped sunglasses are my favourites, as I think they flatter my face most. I've recently spotted these super affordable ones at Cotton On, and I think I might get them!

Linjer Doctor's Bag
Just how incredibly gorgeous is this bag?!
H&M neon pink blazer
I love neon pink (duh), but imagine how pretty this would be combined with a basic black dress, or even just slacks and a t-shirt?

What's on your wishlist at the moment?

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

2019 highlights + 2020 goals

Happy new year! 

I hope you had the loveliest holidays, and that you're just as excited about 2020 as I am! I wish you so much health, love, and happiness for this new year and decade.

2019 has been such a wonderful year in my life. Marlon and I got engaged, then married, and we ended the year by moving to the other side of the world! We've been truly blessed in 2019, and we're so excited to see what the new year has in store for us.

Every year I like to set a few goals for myself, so of course I have a couple of things I'd like to do/achieve in 2020:

Eat more yummy desserts!

Cook more at home! So less takeout, and less going out to restaurants.

Take more photos.

Learn some Cantonese 🇭🇰

Make more time to blog, journal, craft, and create.

What are your plans for 2020?