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Top Tips For Travelling In Style From British Airways’ Style Ambassador And Fashion Stylist To The Stars, Elizabeth Saltzman

  1. If possible I prefer a carry-on only unless you are going for more than four days. Make your outfits versatile so you can use things more than once. Plan ahead, for instance if you pack a navy blue tuxedo as an outfit to wear in the evening, you can also use the tuxedo jacket with your jeans, white shirt and flats for the day. Brooks Brother, J Crew, Saint Laurent and Tom Ford tuxedos are my favourites! A small amount of effort when packing can help you get really organised, plus there are some packing tips at

Travel with clean, well-moisturised skin. Everyone has their favourite products. I swear by Charlotte Tilbury Magic Cream, Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream and Shiseido Eye Mask. I love to freshen my face up during the flight with the Crème de La Mer Mist. I can’t travel without these products!

Water, water, water. Hydrating yourself inside as well as outside helps with jet lag and dehydration. Also, keeps hair looking glossy and your skin looking fresh.

Stretch! Every hour you should get up and stretch your legs and do at least 30 seconds or one minute of exercise to get your blood circulating. I always stretch my arms over my head and move my hands like I’m playing a phantom piano. Try leaning against the doorway to stretch your shoulders and to open up your chest. And for three simple options without even getting up from your seat: try a seated spinal twist; a half-forward bend; and slow neck rolls, five times in each direction.  Check out for more advice

Pearly whites!  Nothing is more welcoming than a pretty smile. I can’t fly without toothpaste and a toothbrush.  Keeping my mouth fresh and my teeth clean is a priority and certainly one that is appreciated when greeting people after a long flight.  British Airways’ Club World amenity kits are great as they contain both items!

I like to tie my hair up on a plane. I think it gets less static and less dirty that way, and if I twist it up into a bun I can let it out when I deplane. Magic: it’s like an instant blow-dry effect. If you have to go straight to a meeting I use Frederic Fekkai Dry Shampoo to quickly freshen my hair.

Sunglasses are a great way to accessorise an outfit while travelling. I firmly believe in my Tom Ford glasses, as well as a solid pair of Ray Bans.  It’s the ultimate jet-setter accessory.

Speaking of accessories… Scarves, everyone should have one in their bag while travelling. Great for warmth on the plane. They can be used as a blanket for your children or hoodie or neck warmer. I also love them during my trip to change up an outfit, it can be a sarong or an evening shawl.

Reset your watch and try to eat and sleep in sync with your new time zone as soon as you board. Immerse yourself in that film you’ve always wanted to see. British Airways has an exceptional catalogue of entertainment, from silver screen classics to Oscar buzz-worthy films.  Plan your viewing at:

Hats are hard to pack so choose one wisely. A fedora works in many situations, it’s great for sun protection, it’s great for styling and it’s great if you didn’t have time to style your hair before travelling. My favourite is Maison Michel.

Bring a bag that isn’t too big to carry and that doesn’t unbalance your shoulders. The last thing you need is a crater-sized knot in your back.  As my tote, I would choose something simple and streamlined, like the Michael Kors Collection Large Leather Tote; or opt for a little whimsy with the Tory Burch Penn Applique Canvas Tote. As for a carry-on suitcase, I love the Tumi Tegra Lite Carry-On; the Victorinox Spectra 2.0 Carry-on; and both Globe-Trotter and Rimowa are firm favourites. Of course, you can never go wrong with Hermès… It was good enough for Grace Kelly.

Shoes! They are every woman’s guilty pleasure. Rather than packing more shoes than are necessary for your trip it is great to travel in ones that you can use more than once. If that means you are wearing a pair of heels, just remember to take them off in flight, stretch your toes, put on your circulation socks and relax. I always have a pair of Laurence Dacade sandals in my carry-on.

As any sports person knows layering is essential. I consider travelling a sport. Every person is different, layers are easy for travelling. You can always add one when you are cold or take one off if you get too warm. I always have a navy blue Celine cardigan in my bag when travelling.

A great trench by Burberry Prorsum can travel the world with you.  It goes over a LBD (little black dress) or blue jeans. It is extremely versatile. For instance look at Heidi Klum and Amal Clooney’s airport looks.

Wear minimal jewellery when travelling and pack statement pieces. I love jewellery, so I always have a small Smythson travel case with me where I keep my accessories.

Invest in headphones. My favourites are Beats by Dr Dre or Bose. They allow you to get in your own headspace and really enjoy your favourite tunes.

Clothing is only part of looking good at the airport but feeling healthy only makes you look better. I love vitamins and vitamin boosters, Berocca is a savior as is Bee Prepared. After a long flight anything that revitalizes is great to have on hand.

Everyone seems to have a phone, iPad or laptop in their hand at some point while travelling. Accessorising your electronics brings your personal style to their lives. My favourite way to accessorise is with the Anya Hindmarch permanent stickers, every designer seems to have a fun phone case at the moment.

A quick touch up before landing. Lips, bronzer and concealer are all you need. My personal favourites are the Tom Ford bronzer, Trish McEvoy concealer and Charlotte Tilbury’s Kissing Lipstick in pale pink. Make sure you have a small bottle of your favourite fragrance too.

Use the time wisely. Get some rest. Use the flight as a mini-vacation. You’re away from your emails! You have the luxury of not being bothered for a few solid hours so de-stress with a colouring book for adults! Write a letter to an old friend, and just take some time to think and savour this uninterrupted sojourn.

Victoria Beckham Tops List Of World’s Best Dressed Travellers

Victoria Beckham has been named the best dressed celebrity traveller by British Airways, which today unveiled its inaugural list of the World’s Best Dressed Travellers.

With her effortless ability to turn the airport arrivals lounge into her personal fashion runway, Victoria pipped Amal Clooney to the coveted top spot.

The list has been compiled by British Airways and top Hollywood fashion stylist Elizabeth Saltzman to celebrate the relationship between flying and fashion and to honour today’s globe-trotting trendsetters, spanning the worlds of film, music and entertainment.   As one of the world’s leading global premium airlines, British Airways exudes style and sophistication with every detail of its cabins designed to make customers feel special.

Elizabeth, whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow, Uma Thurman and Academy Award-nominated Saoirse Ronan, said: “Victoria Beckham always gets it right when flying and it’s so impressive. Usually there is a menswear element to her travel wardrobe, it is chic and sophisticated but still classic and comfortable.”

Featuring some of the world’s most famous female fashion icons, the British Airways World’s Best Dressed Travellers list is a mix of inspiring celebrities who travel in style and instigate major wardrobe envy every time they step on the plane.  The judges reviewed hundreds of images of the international jet setters taken at airports around the world last year to help compile the list.  The full top 10 is:

1. Victoria Beckham

2. Amal Clooney

3. Kendall Jenner

4. Angelina Jolie

5. Gwen Stefani

6. Charlize Theron

7. Taylor Swift

8. Marion Cotillard

9. Lupita Nyong’O

10. Heidi Klum

Abigail Comber, British Airways’ Head of Customer, said: “We’ve always been associated with travelling in style – most recently with our elegant, new short-haul cabins and our new-look First cabin, created especially for the 787-9 aircraft.  We wanted to honour today’s style elite and those frequent flyers who embrace the enduring glamour and excitement of jumping on a plane.”

“Flying today is more accessible than ever,” added Elizabeth Saltzman. “People are more aware of themselves, whether it is their health and beauty regimes, time management or carbon footprint. The women on this list are all powerful examples of the modern world. Their style is classic with a personal twist. This is about the power of women and being able to balance it all.”

Hollywood fashion stylist and British Airways ambassador Elizabeth Saltzman started her career at Giorgio Armani in 1983. A prominent figure in the world of fashion, Elizabeth is often listed as one of the most influential industry insiders and one of the most accurate trend spotters.  Here, she shares her exclusive insights on the World’s Best Dressed Travellers:

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Betadine Releases “supporting My Journey” Webisode Series Focus On Healthy Living

Today Betadine announced the launch of its healthy living webisode series
“Supporting my Journey” targeting young consumers through mobile viewership. Bespoke Ride Studio,

Al Quoz hosted the event with the presence of Dubai’s media, along with sport enthusiasts and the five local Champions.

The webisode series follows the progress of five champions to reach the goal of completing a triathlon for the first time. The local champions are: Lifestyle Editor of 7 Days, Caitlyn Davey; Editor In Chief of Ahlan!, Aline Khoury; Blogger of Dubai Fit Foodie, Gbemi Giwa; Stand Up Comedian, Salman Qureshi; and local student Ali Diab. All of whom, embarked on an intensive 12 week fitness journey designed and led by a local triathlon and fitness company, ‘Go Strong’ and its internationally certified coaches.

In addition to triathlon training, the participants worked with a nutritionist and psychologist, among other professionals, to positively impact all aspects of their lives. The trainers and five Champions were on hand to discuss their experience, how they stayed motivated and the challenges they faced in the process and working with the talent, during the event.

Dr. Ashraf Allam, Regional Vice President of Mundipharma Middle East and Africa region commented “We hope that Betadine’s “Supporting my Journey” webisode series will serve as a motivational gateway for viewers looking to boost their fitness path by following the progress of our local champions who, just like the viewers, want a step change in their lifestyle.”
These webisodes will be released on BETADINE’s YouTube channel, and will also be available from their Facebook page. Follow the campaign through the following hashtags – #nevergiveup #betadine

Formation Flower Power At Inflight Dubai As Girls Storm To Scrambles Crown

Competing for the first time as a team, the all-girl foursome of Shavon Simpson, Kim Myers, Kristen Johnson and Nada Almarr powered to the top in the 4-Way Formation Intermediate Category at the second 2016 SandStorm Scrambles event at Inflight Dubai.

The foursome the only all-girl group in the 16-team competition open to both Intermediate and Rookie skydivers – produced a stunning final jump to ssnatch the title after a closely-fought battle saw the four-round competition go to the wire.

Combined together by the event judges in order to represent a spread of ability, the girls adopted the team name The Mighty Morphing Flower Arrangers and certainly blossomed as a 4-Way Formation team scoring 87 points to win by seven from runners-up the ˜E-Lemon-ators, featuring Gabor Molner, Iurri Railean, Alexander Staschenko and Janina Huschle (80 points).

Also scoring 80 points but given third place due to an inferior top scoring round were Glen Lowerson, Clare Greenwood, Emma Merritt and Cornelia Mihai (˜Break Like The Wind).

As we hadn’t flown together before and were the only all-girl team in the competition, it certainly went better than we expected, said a delighted Shavon Simpson The great thing about competing with people you have never flown with before is you learn, you adapt and you have fun.

Obviously there is pressure on you as you’re not competing with your usual team-mates and you don’t want to let anyone down but it is a great format.

Staged in inflight Dubai’s 5.03m x 20.73m indoor tunnel, the two-category event saw competitors combined into teams by highly experienced judges and SkyDive Dubai instructors Eliana Rodriguez and Alena Chistova.

Competition was fierce throughout as the teams performed a number of formations in the tunnel under the watchful eyes of both Rodriguez and Chistova. Going into the final round, the eventual winners were lying in third place but produced a near-flawless final performance to score 30 points – the best of the night – and take the title.

dont think any of us were breathing on that last jump, added a delighted Simpson, who helped her team to the winners cheque of AED 16,000. “We knew we had to score well if we were going to win so we stayed completely focused on getting a big enough score. Fortunately, it paid off.

In the 4-Way Formation Rookie category, victory and the first prize of AED 12,000 went to the Dutchys team of Ahmad Abdulla Hashim, Pablo Rua, Sioned Taylor and Nawaf Alawadhi on 57 points, seven ahead of the ˜Heroes and Zeros team of Abdulla Aldosari, Sean Hahessy, Andy Salisbury and Khaled Mahdy (50 points). Third place went to ˜Chitty Chitty Bust Bust comprising Khaled Abduljalil, Ana Fratila, Karim Madour and Margo Weber on 47 points.


A big thank you to everyone for making it an exciting competition, said Meet Director Ian ˜FreddyMacdonald.The Scrambles format is one of our most popular events and we look forward to staging even more indoor tunnel flying competitions in the near future.

Swarovski Lights Up Dubai’s Art

Swarovski, the global leader in cut crystal and fashion jewelry, presents Dubai-based Iranian artist Salmeh Moravvej, Co-Owner at MSS Art, and her unique paintings, as part of the ‘Ingredient Branding’ program.

MSS Art, was founded in 1999 by sisters, Salmeh and Sarah Moravvej, after moving to Dubai from Iran where they were photographers. Accustomed to the ability of capturing beauty, their passion, energy and professional graphic design expertise is the basis of creating an ideal living and working environment through their unique, contemporary 3D artworks and paintings which are carefully adorned with Swarovski and pearls.

The sisters create custom-made designs inspired by found photographs or images online which they then paint on to canvases of various shapes and dimensions. The images are then carefully studded with a selection of Swarovski crystals and pearls, of various colours and sizes, carefully emulating a line, or shape or form, a process which can take from over 2 months.

“It takes 2 to 3 weeks to research the right kind of image that would be the subject of the painting. Copyrights and formalities of any found and existing images are then legally obtained, which is followed by and another 2 weeks of research and perspective exploration, with a lot of time and patience going into the process of crystal application which is the final ingredient to bring the work to life,” said Salmeh Moravvej, Artist and Co-Owner of MSS Art.

Hailing from Mashhad, recognized as a culturally abundant city in Iran and known for being the home to prominent literary figures like Ferdowsi, Mehdi Akhavan-Sales and Mohammad-Reza Shajarian, the sisters have truly been inspired by literature, photography and art.

 “As an ‘Ingredient Branding’ partner with Swarovski, as working and creating artists, this opportunity allows us to explore latest collections, colour launches and techniques that we can use to enhance our painting with and keep them contemporary with the latest trends. Not to mention the diverse selection of beautiful Swarovski crystals we have access to,” says Salmeh.

“Our ‘Ingredient Branding’ program presents our partners important business benefits through the wider structure of the Swarovski product,” said Andrew Mojica, Managing Director, Swarovski Middle East. “The program allows participants, whether they be local or regional artists or designers to utilise the brand and support packages at Swarovski, as well as the crystals, to build and enhance their own business.”

Following a  successful debut exhibition that took place at Conrad Hotel in Dubai in October 2015, to participating with the Make a Wish Foundation and Formula 1 in Abu Dhabi, the enterprising twins are leading a successful venture with their art and over the last few years they have designed, furnished and decorated close to 100 homes and offices. Their latest exhibition will open on 26th April 2016 at Pacha Dubai, located at Souq Madinat Jumeirah, and will showcase never before seen images created by the sisters themselves. This exhibition is in collaboration with Yas Beauty.


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