Blazer – Zara (similar). Culottes – ASOS. Shoes – Gianvito Rossi. Belt – Vintage LV

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Necklace – Amulette de Cartier

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Necklace – Cartier. Top & Trousers – Louis Vuitton Icon. Scarf – Zara. Bag – L.K.Bennett. Shoes – ASOS.

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Necklace – Cartier.

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Above: Hat – Chanel. Sweater - Zadig & Voltaire. Necklace – Cartier. Watch – Larsson & Jennings. Heels – Malone Souliers

There’s an urban myth that flight attendants look for neatly-dressed passengers in Economy to upgrade into Business class in order to balance the weight of the plane when the flight is under-booked. That, of course, is not the reason I wear heels when I travel. I am the passenger that has breadcrumbs all over her chin and sweater before take-off because I genuinely believe that I will starve and die before they bring out the food trolley. I’m also the passenger that is virtually invisible because she’s reaching under the seat for a fallen Skittle.

ANYWAY. I may have briefly touched up on this before, but the more I travel, the more I realise how much I’m addicted to the first 24 hours of a journey: the flurry of packing, pre-flight jitters, and the view out the plane/train window, then finally landing on foreign soil and cataloguing new scents and sounds into memory. From a certain point I started to dress up for it, like I would to any anticipated event, like a good show – figured I’d be sitting for hours in the plane anyway. While I don’t think I’ve yet fully mastered the art, so far these tricks have worked for me: Frothy cashmere, a great pair of heels you can easily slip out from, and single, fuss-free jewellery like the Amulette de Cartier that won’t bring down the entire airport.

In Collaboration with Cartier; photography by KrisAtomic; Location: Booking Office at the Renaissance Hotel.

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  1. wonderful!

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  2. I can’t decide which of these looks I love more, but that Chanel hat is absolutely gorgeous! Love this post – as usual! :)

    Ses Rêveries

  3. those heels in the last pic tho… #badassGlamazon

  4. Arghhh your photographs are always so spot on. I lovelovelove them. You look beautiful.

  5. Everything about the first image is so perfect that I keep scrolling back to look at it. My intense staring would be creepy if that wasn’t sort of the point…

  6. beautiful pics.x

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  7. I love the Booking Office bar! I used to hang out there quite a bit when I lived by Kings Cross!

    Totally agree about the first 24hours of a journey: they are totally the best, since it is the start of something wonderful!

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  8. Danielle

    Stunning photography!

  9. Shini, you BABE!! I absolutely love your style!! You are always such a chic, classy and elegant woman yet a little edgy. I hope you had a great time traveling! :)

  10. Shini, you BABE!! I absolutely love your style!! You are always such a chic, classy and elegant woman yet a little edgy. I hope you had a great time traveling! :)

  11. Since I am yet to board a plane for the first time, I wouldn’t know the dressing flight attendants prefer, but knowing my love for comfort when traveling, I would be certainly overlooked if not thrown in together with my luggage. :P Gorgeous photos, by the way. I always wanted to take similar photos of me getting in/out of a car. ^^

  12. I love those shoes and travel bag :)

  13. Beautiful photos and I’m in love with your outfit! You look so chic. Probably the most stylish airport outfit I’ve ever seen haha!

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  14. That hat is instant love at first sight! And your flat shoes!

    Cynthia
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  15. I just wanted to say that your site is absolutely beautiful and flawless. I love the magazine style of the design, and the little details are just superb. Hats off to you.

  16. all these looks are so chic

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  17. I love how you style the necklace!

    Sophia // sophiebysophia.blogspot.com

  18. Wow! The atmosphere flowing from pics is amazing! You look so cute
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  19. Beautiful photos, really love your style!

    L.A

  20. I remember when my mum would dress me for our flights to Italy when I was a kid (that was a looooong time ago) She would make me wear a beautiful dress, nice shoes and was obsessed with my hair looking all nice. She used to do the same for her. That was back when travelling was something unique and one had to dress up for it. I must confess, though, that I’m all trainers and boyfriend jeans when travelling now. I’m not cool, what can I say?
    xx,
    E.
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  21. You made my day wit such dreamy pics!
    V.
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  22. Francesca

    Cool pics!
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  23. Hey, you’re really blogging quite regularly now! Hurray! Welcome back!

    Gotta love the hat—sure makes up for the possibly static fuzzy hair caused by the rain. lol

  24. Gorgeous!
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
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  25. Gorgeous!
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
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  26. Gorgeous. I love looking cute while travelling but usually end up opting for sweats…
    xoxo
    The Accidental Mama
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  27. You look WOW. So classy. Love the pictures.
    Lots of love, xx

  28. Such a gorgeous outfits, I love dressing up for travelling as well :)

    Love, Rachel
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  29. Such a gorgeous outfits, I love dressing up for travelling as well :)

    Love, Rachel
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  30. Ha I always dress smarter for long haul flights for exactly this reason, no upgrade yet. Good tips, I agree
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

  31. I haven’t flown much, but I was upgraded once. It was at the boarding gate and after a long flight so I’m sure I didn’t look good at all. I don’t know why they did it but I was so happy to get some sleep in the big seats. The food turned out to be better in economy though.

  32. <3 <3 <3 the photos

  33. Elie

    Ok. I think i’m in love with your awsome sense of style. More precisly, your grey shirt. Seems to me like something REALLY comfortable. Omg. Can’t wait to be in fall. Best season do get dressed and look good. Well, at least in my mind.
    Thank you for making this blog and for kipeeping writting amazing stuff. (Love to see that there is other people then me who have breadcrumbs all over their faces)

  34. Beautiful photography, beautiful fashion, beautiful Shini, as usual! I especially adore that first outfit – it’s so 21st century Audrey Hepburn.

    Emma x
    http://www.emmastylesphotography.wordpress.com

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  36. laughing so hard while reading the text. unni still look fabulous though! i always wear sweater and leggings during flight just for the sake of comfort hahah i need to add shawl like you do :D

    P. S. unni, i kept redirected to notetoselfblog while clicking artful desperado. i hope it’s just me e_e

  37. All your photos are so stunning and beautiful! Hope you’re having fun / had fun!

  38. I also feel like a travel addict at times! I love being on the move towards new adventures, I love the expectation in the air, I love getting to know the unknown. Now and then I wish I could just be in transit all the time. I never look as stylish as you when I am, though!

  39. Stunning as usual – inspiring me to buy some flat brogue style shoes!

  40. These photos are such amazing – I´ll definetly come back to this blog! Your style is so cool, just love it ..

    Best wishes :)
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  41. Can’t get over how chic you look when you travel. I am the biggest slob when I travel and aim to wear matching sweatshirt/sweatpants combo. No heels in sight.

    p.s. you are V-E-R-Y fancy with the Louis Vuitton/Chanel clothes and accessories in this post. I like it. xx

  42. if I really think about it, it really is the first 24 hours I love the most….no matter how hectic it gets. truly lovely the way you described landing on foreign soil

  43. Oh that last photograph, on the left, is just so mysterious! You look like you run the world.

  44. Danielle

    “cataloguing new scents and sounds into memory” so good!

  45. These photos are so elegant! Would love to be travelling right now.
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  46. So amazing pictures.
    I love them
    Kisses
    Maggie D.
    The Indian Savage diary

  47. I love the way your photos tell a story (I guess you must have an amazing photographer and you’ve mastered the storytelling part)! In addition, these outfits look gorgeous and are perfect for this kind of atmosphere!

  48. Thank you! I work with many different people to help me snap my photos (although usually it’s tripod) but for special stories like this I love working with KrisAtomic!

  49. wow, i had no idea that they did this. totes abandoning my trackies now.

    errrm you in pinstripe trousers, slightly rolled at the cuff, the gold shoes…my heart melted a little. seriously.

  50. love your photos and the magazine-ish layout!

  51. I would like to experience such a travelling.

  52. I love the story.

  53. Paul

    Another great set of pictures, have you any details on where I can find the Barbour travel bag?

  54. Exactly how I feel about traveling! I always like to pretend that I’ll get to the airport at the other end of a 30 hour transit looking and smelling like I just stepped out of my home. Haven’t quite figured that bit out yet, but a girl can always dream, right?

  55. You look so elegant and gorgeous in this cream dress.

  56. Your hat and shoes are amazing! I voted you for best writing on your blog as well!

    Cynthia
    http://www.pinchofchic.com

  57. Your hat and shoes are amazing! I voted you for best writing on your blog as well!

    Cynthia
    http://www.pinchofchic.com

  58. Glad to have discovered your blog today! Loving everything from writing, blog layout, images, styling, you name it, Gal! Keep up the great work that continue to inspire many!

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  59. Hey doll, I adore your blog. So inspirational

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  60. Julia Fuller

    always so elegant, always a joy to see your photos! as an airline employee, I can’t officially comment, but I can confirm you will NOT get upgraded if you don’t look like you belong :) the philosophy has worked for me! But more in the past; these days there are few empty seats to give.

  61. I’m loving your travel style! It’s such a great combination of chic and comfort–and I’m with you, I’m all about comfort when I fly. Love your attention to detail too!

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