Friday, December 28, 2012

Primark Haul!

It's no secret that I love a good bargain, and Primark would have to be the best known for a wide range of styles at pretty good prices. Now, some of their stuff is a bit on the iffy side, but if you check items carefully before buying (no missing buttons, straight seams, no pulled threads etc) you can pick up some neat clothes at purse-friendly prices.

Recently I was assigned back to back London flights. While I don't loooove these trips (since there is not a lot to do out near the airport, and the Tube trip can be a pain in the you-know-what) I do like the chance to pick up some goodies on the high street. (Reading UK magazines does not help to curb this addiction, lol)

On my last trip, it was cold and rainy, so I was inspired to pick up some winter woolies. Helps that currently it is 'winter' in Dubai and actually doable to wear cardis and long pants when you go to the mall or even outside.

Was happy enough to pay 16 pounds for this
snuggly cardi-scanned at 7! Win!

Wanting a black leather-look vest for ages.
Done! 15 pounds

I do love me a good graphic tee, combine it with my favourite
NYC skyscraper, cool Art Deco vibe and a 3 pound price tag- I'm sold!

Finally, who could pass up these cute Fox Sox?
Not me! Perfect, my slippers are getting daggy
and these are the most adorable replacement.
Shopping all over the world, just one of the awesome perks of my job. Love! Have you picked up any amazing buys lately? Tell me!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

I'm Wide Awake...

So I'm on a layover and have been awake since 1am, catching up on emails etc. It's now about 4:30am, and appropriately, the Katy Perry song with the same lyrics is playing on MTV in the background.

I know I've been really bad with updating the blog for the last month or two, but not for lack of desire to blog! It seems like the times I've wanted to, Blogger just hasn't wanted to upload any of my photos and as you would all probably agree, photos make a blog, especially one about travelling.

So for now I'm going to bite the bullet and write a little something while I have the advantage of fast hotel internet with which to do so. I've had quite a few things I want to blog about, but as always by the time I get to I've usually forgotten a lot of the little details I wanted to mention. I really do need to start keeping a little notebook for these kinds of things.

Recently, I flew a trip to Sydney via Bangkok, which was my first on a new aircraft type I've trained on about 6 months ago. This flight had to happen in order to keep me legal to operate on that aircraft type, since we must have a flight at least every six months. As it had been so long since the training, I needed to study my books a bit to brush up on the details.

It was a great trip and I'd like to do a post just about that, but I'll leave you with a few photos to enjoy. Summer in Australia is great, and lucky me had not one not two but three trips to Oz in November. I'm currently on reserve and was expecting a lot of turnarounds, but no, it was off to Australia again! Now if only they can manage to do the same for Christmas... ;)

Finally, a big welcome to all the new crew joining my airline who have found my blog or sent me emails. Hope you enjoy the ride as much as I have, and as always feel free to email or Tweet me with any questions. (Just remember, be careful about what/how much detail you post about the Airline and so on - a bit of friendly advice from an 'oldie')

Up in the air... beautiful sunrise. Best part of the 'office'

After years of going to Sydney, I finally got to see the Luna Park lights!


'Radiance of the Seas' visiting Sydney.

The iconic Bondi Beach Lifeguard Tower
Hope all of you out there in blogland are keeping well and enjoying the festive season with your family and friends :)

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Made For Me!

Regular readers will know that I have a bit of a weakness for O.P.I. nail polish and all their cute names. I've got about ten now, all in different shades & I'm trying to wear them more.

Recently in a magazine I saw that their new range, which is the Germany Collection, has a shade with my name in it. Of course it's on my want list! :P

I looked for it in duty free during my recent Melbourne trip, but they don't have it yet. I could have bought it in Auckland, but why do that when I can wait til it's in DF and get 2 for the price of one? F1rst Duty Free in Aussie airports has a pretty much permanent promotion: 2 O.P.I. colours for $25 ($35NZD in NZ) and it's valid even for Shatter, Base and Topcoats. The 4-pack minis go for about $20-25 a box. Not bad, really!! I'm also keeping an eye out for the Skyfall James Bond collection since they have some nice metallics and sparkles in there. Do you have a favourite shade?

My next purchase "Unfor-Greta-Bly Blue" :)

Friday, October 12, 2012


A little something I've been using a lot lately is the cutely-packaged and sweet smelling "Hand Food" by British brand Soap & Glory.

I'd used other products from their range before (mainly bath stuff) but not the hand cream. This one was actually a present from Sarah of Temporary Secretary, sent as part of a 'care package' that she posted to me full of lots of cute things!

The tube I have is in the handy travel size, and it really lasts quite awhile. I've been using it on nearly every flight since I got it a few months ago and it's only just started to run out.

The pros are it doesn't feel too greasy and you don't need a lot to get the job done. Some people who are sensitive to fragrance might not like the smell but then again that's true of most of the S&G range. However I find fragrance to be a bonus in my job as not only will it function as a hand cream but also as a 'stink shield' in the event of a smelly cabin; just a dab under my nose can get me through the worst clouds made onboard with a smile! ;P

Previously Soap & Glory was only available in the UK but I have since seen it sold at Sephora in the US and also in various locations in Oz. For my Dubai peeps who don't travel, you can buy it at most Boots outlets. (Keep an eye out for the 3-for-2 specials to get extra bang for your buck!)

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I'm Still Here...!

Hey all, yes I'm still alive! I know it's been ages since my last post. Not for lack of wanting to post, but as usual, Life getting in the way. I had a few computer issues, which made it hard to post, then I had a lot of stuff going on at work so didn't really feel the urge to blog in my spare time.

Now that things have settled down a bit, I'm hoping to get back into some kind of a routine. I think part of the problem as well has been that I tend to go everywhere with my blog. Travel here, beauty stuff there, it felt like my blog didn't really have a focus. Even though I just blog for fun, I think it does help to have a 'thing' that you write about, to keep you motivated.

I've been using Instagram a LOT, especially since getting new mobile devices that run Android, which has meant lots of fun and handy new Apps. (I might just have to post about those) I think that using my IG feed will give me some inspiration for things to post about. My account is just random photos from both everyday and my travels of thing I like and find interesting. You can look for me on IG: Gretski47 or use the button on my profile :)

Hope you are all well!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

June Empty- Fa Silk & Magnolia

I didn't get through many empties in June, given that I was off from work a lot and not using as many products as normal. So I only have one empty for this post, which is Fa Shower Cream.

To be honest I hate paying a lot for shower gels/creams since generally they mostly do the same thing and often aren't as moisturising as they claim. This one fits the bill nicely since it doesn't cost a lot and has a nice fragrance. It's a 'Cream & Oil' so you don't need much to get a nice lather. It's not wimpy lather either, feels nice and soapy and takes awhile to wash off completely. The fragrance is 'Silk & Magnolia'. It's fairly strong and leaves traces after you shower, which I like. Doesn't clash too much with perfume though. This actually reminds me of the old Dove Cherry Blossom Shower Creme Oil which I used to use back home, but haven't seen here.

Overall I like this product and have bought it again, gives a nice smell, lathers well and doesn't set me back the earth like other brands here might.

Cost: Dhs15 (About USD$4.10)

Monday, June 25, 2012

Gettin' Savvy

Good news, Priceline fans! (Why did I think of Professor Farnsworth just then?)

Anyway, if you are a Priceline addict like me, you'll be happy to know that the brand Savvy by DB is back in stock in stores. It disappeared off shelves last year, and I was sad it had gone until one of the store assistants told me that it was for re-branding and changing of packaging, not because it was being discontinued. (Which is what usually happens to products I like.)

Aside from work, I only wear lipstick occasionally. Usually it's nude or neutral tones rather than brights, though I have been experimenting with these lately as well. My first go-to shade was a Maybelline, but when it ran out and I bought a replacement in the US, I hated it because the texture was weird and it was so hard to put it on smoothly. It dragged at my lips and made them feel gross. Since I didn't buy it again I'm not sure if it was a one-off production error or if they had changed the formula.

Back to Savvy! I really like it as a range for basics, and to cheaply experiment with colour trends as everything in the range is under $15. Most things which are over $10 are brushes or kits. The makeup items are generally about $8 at the most for fancy eyeliners. I'd been using Savvy for work shades, but since the prices are so reasonable I decided to try out some colours I normally wouldn't.

My latest purchase is their standard lipstick in "Guava". It's slightly shimmery, peachy-pink leaning more toward the orange tones. Easy to put on and I love the colour; it really picks up my complexion and gives me a pop of colour. I'd always been shy of orange/peach tones because I always thought I had yellow undertones to my skin but to my surprise they actually really suit me. The day I bought it I got compliments from three shopgirls on it, so it's doing something right!

Now of course being a cut-price product it's not super glam like department store brands, but I really couldn't tell much difference between Savvy and say, Maybelline or Rimmel. The staying power isn't horrible but not super either, but I didn't expect that given it's not advertised as a long lasting. I do need to touch up if I drink out of a glass or eat something substantial but generally there is colour still left on my lips.

My only real gripe has been with past Savvy lipsticks; after some time in my handbag the lids have become loose and tended to fall off. Since this one has the new tube, I'll keep an eye out and see if it makes any difference.

For under $5 you really can't go wrong, especially if you love to try out colours you're unsure of. The range doesn't seem to get updated hugely often but the eye products do change enough that you'd find some variety. It's also good because you can find something you liked last season and want to buy again. Most girls would find at least one lipstick they like in the range, as there's some for all skin tones and range from neutrals to classic colours and neon brights.

Now if only I can work out how to stop my lipsticks breaking in the Dubai heat...! Feel free to post your tips below.

Savvy is available from Priceline stores, range may vary between locations. This product was purchased by me, all opinions and comments are my own.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Long Time No See

Well, once again it's been far too long since I blogged, and with no real good excuse other than "I didn't feel like it'. I've actually not been working much, having had a pretty quiet roster and some leave on my schedule.

Some highlights are:

* Seeing Madonna in concert for the first time

* Family coming to visit me

* Hitting my 2-year Dubai anniversary

* A last-minute trip to Croatia that didn't quite go as planned

* People being out of town so lots of time in my own company, seeing movies, video nights at home and so forth

* Getting back into some negelcted hobbies like drawing

Last night I went to see 'Snow White and the Huntsman' at the cinema. Though it was better than I expected something about the story still didn't seem right. I loved the costumes though especially the ones worn by Charlize as the Evil Queen Ravenna. I totally want her silver-sequin gown she wore in the throne room scene... the Queen is a badass but have to admit she had an awesome wardrobe that was amazingly designed by the costume department. One dress was even made out of iridescent dung beetle shells!

Have you seen a good movie lately? Any that are "not to be missed"?

I'm hoping to be back blogging again soon, with some more travel posts. I need to finish up the post about Radio City. Are there any more destinations you'd like me to see write about? Despite losing some of my pictures, I do have most of them AND I have been backing up my hard drive more regularly now. Lesson learned.

Thanks everyone for your comments, even though I haven't posted in awhile, I do read & appreciate them all! :)

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Radio City

Sorry for the lack of posts, lots going on at home, not all of it bad. Hopefully back to regular posting soon.

Recently I had a trip to New York, while there I took the chance to do the tour of historic Radio City Music Hall. Planning to do a proper post on that soon.

Is there anything you want to see me post about? I could use a bit of inspiration :-)

I've also joined Instagram- details on my Twitter account

Wednesday, May 2, 2012


Recently visited Hong Kong. We stopped by the famous Peninsula Hotel for a post-shop cocktail and a great view of the harbour. A storm blew up so we waited out the rain then made a mad dash for the ferry pier. Storm started up as the ferry departed so we got a great view of the Hong Kong skyline lit up by lightning. Pretty cool!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Caine's Arcade

Guys, you totally have to watch this short film.

Caine is a little boy living in East L.A. His dad runs an auto parts shop. During the summer Caine decided to build some "pretend" arcade games as he loves playing them so much. Only these weren't really pretend games- they actually work. He built them using tape and cardboard packing boxes.

A man buying parts in the store happened to see Caine's homemade arcade, and the rest is history...

If you want something to smile about, if you want to remember what it was like to be imaginative when you were little, do yourself a favour and go click this link to Caine's Aracde.

This kid is so driven and determined to get what he wants, if you wish you too could buy a 'Fun Pass' you can donate towards Caine's college fund so he can become an engineer, video game maker, entrepeneur- you name it!

I haven't been impressed like this for a long time, I totally would buy a Fun Pass if I could so I sent him some money. This kid could be the next Steve Jobs! I wasn't told to post about it, some people might scoff at sending money to strangers, but I just wanted to share it with you my readers because it's simply sweet and made me smile so much!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Slow Day in Sydney

After all my grand plans to catch up on posts in Sydney, we have moved to a new hotel where sadly, there's no crew room with internet and no nearby McD's with free wifi for the cost of a cheeseburger ;)

I'm in my old haunt of Woolworth's using the internet cafe to catch up as there's only so much I can do using the browser on my 3DS or on my phone. So it's very timely that Skype have launched wifi for Skype, where at participating hotspots you can use your Skype credit to pay for time online with existing connections. Hop there's one near my new hotel.... :)

Unusually for me, I actually slept when I arrived. I intended only to sleep until the shops opened at 10, but ended up sleeping through until 2pm. Feeling very hungry I wandered to Pitt St mall where I was pretty sure that the Westfield there would be open. tucked into a cheese Kransky sausage & rustic potato wedges then browsed the shops. Sadly for me, Zara proved fruitless in my quest for the White Jacket in a medium (they told me last time I was here they'd get more size M, and if not then in a "few weeks") That was 3 weeks ago and now they tell me that they had no plans to get more in. Darn it! If I hadn't thought more sizes were coming in I would have just suffered with the size S. Oh well! If anyone has one and wants to sell it, drop me a line!

I dropped by Priceline to pick up a few things (mainly hair colour which was 50%- if you use L'Oreal Excellence Creme or the new Mousse one). The "Savvy by DB" stand is still sadly filled with all the unwanted shades of Orly nail laquer. Come back, Savvy, we miss you!!

Cruised by Dotti to eye off the dress I'd been wanting, but had disappeared from their online catalogue. Lucky I did, because it was on sale from $70 to $30. Score! I was in two minds between the size 10 and the 12, and while the 12 is a little big I figured I'd err on the side of caution as I'd rather it be too long than slightly too short for Dubai. There's always leggings of course but sometimes I like to wear just a dress. My penchant for dresses continues.

Still feeling in a shopping mood, I hit up Gloss Cosmetics (2x BYS blushes in Coral and Fierce Fuschia), Woolworths for groceries and stockings for work, and of course more chocolate. Violet Crumble block, I'm talking to you.

Saturday, March 31, 2012

March Empty...

I've seen quite a lot of bloggers do posts about the empty jars & bottles of products they use up. I'd never bothered before but while cleaning out my bathroom recently I decided that I'd take a picture of the empties I found & do some posts about them.

This is a 'Premium Spa' Frangipani & Coconut Body Scrub which I bought from Priceline for $14.95.  I've actually been using this for about 3 years now. I know I've seen it for sale in a couple of other places, but not consistently, so Priceline would be your best bet. This is a large tub, but you can also get a travel-friendly size. When I'm next in Oz I plan to get the smaller size and refill it from my large tub to take when I go on work trips.

It's a nice consistency; not too rough but enough to do the job. It's thick enough and you can change it up if using in the shower depending on how wet your hands are when you apply. I tend to use this once or twice every week to two weeks, as a full body scrub- both with and without a brush.

The scent is gorgeous- I'm not usually a fan of coconut, or even strong frangipani smells on their own, but this combo is divine. It makes you feel like you're at the beach or just back from holidays.

The tub lasted ages- I brought the first one back with me shortly after moving to Dubai in 2010, and only bought a replacement tub last month. A little goes a long way- about a teaspoonful should be heaps for a leg/arm scrub, and a bit more if you like to use a lot.

Brand: Premium Spa
Jar Size: 500g/17.7oz
Verdict: Would purchase again. Great value scrub that lasts for ages.

(This review is my own opinion, product was purchased with my own money)

Tuesday, March 6, 2012


Slight glitch in my plans to schedule some posts- all the ones I wrote on my days off were saved on my laptop, not in Blogger. My laptop has just crashed and is currently in for repairs- Argh! This always happens right out of warranty. That'll teach me to forget my fortnightly backup! Waiting for the verdict from the repair man to get back to me with news on whether my data can be recovered. I'm hopeful it's just a communication problem between the hard drive and the O/S... fingers crossed!

In other news I've been spending my time sleeping, swimming and had a couple of trips to London and also to Hong Kong. I have some cool pics from Hong Kong which hopefully are still on my memory card so I can do a post about that. All my older photos are safe- I did back them up to my portable hard drive so it's really just anything from that past 2 months or so that's uncertain. Luckily my old laptop is in working order after I repaired the screen, so I have something to use until I know if my new one can be saved. If not, I'm considering an iPad3 if they don't cost too marny limbs when it's released. The only 'iThing' I own is my 3rd Gen iPod Nano which was purchased way back in 2008.

At the moment I have a day off then some reserve due to a cancelled flight, then a turnaround and a flight to Beijing. Haven't been there for awhile so happy to go back for a bit of shopping and some food =)

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Colette Hair

One of my secret "want to do's" for a while now has been to cut my hair short- anything above the shoulder length. I haven't had short hair since I was in school, and even then it was just above my shoulders.

After attending a party wearing a black wig in an Asian-style bob, people started telling me it'd look good if I always had my hair that way. I was always too scared to change my hair much though, aside from the odd colour or change to my fringe (bangs for my US readers). I think it was partly because I wasn't very talented at styling/blowdrying/straightening my hair, and then later because my job required me to wear my hair in a conservative style.

Enter a job change and Pan Am. Instantly, I loved Colette's vintage (yet totally do-able in modern times) hairstyle. It just screamed "put-together stewardess". Since changing airlines entailed a change of uniform, and having to wear a hat- just like the Pan Am girls- the thought of cutting my hair has appealed to me even more.

Add in that one of my New Year's resolutions was to 'try new things' and, well, the arguments for a new hairdo seem to be stacking up quickly.

Last week, a friend who is also trained as a hairdresser offered to make the chop for me. Gulp!! I'm not sure if I can go through with it, I need some moral support!!!

Except for the early promo shots, Colette's hair started out as a blunt bob, but seems to have become softer as the show went on (deliberate, perhaps, as she warmed up to people around her?) and with clever use of hair pieces and curling/styling, still managed to be quite versatile.

Sideswept bangs here...

And now straight ones...

A more rounded look to the ends...

More volume here. This looks more 60's and less 50's to me.

Colette in daywear... this is a more 'Brady Bunch' type look from her

Do you think they've pinned the sides under?

This length is definitely more "work friendly" than her previous styles in uniform.

I wonder if she has a slide comb under the back part of her hair? I also
love her eye makeup here. Simple. yet pretty.
So what's the verdict, do you think I should try out "Colette Hair", or not? Or even something else different? Tips for keeping up a style like this for a blowdryer-challenged person such as myself are most welcome!!

Comment away! :)

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Product Review: Banila Hand Cream

On one of my trips to Korea, I ventured upon a cute cosmetics store called Banila Co. It was filled with the usual assortment of Asian cosmetics- bright blushes, an array of fruity smelling face creams, masks in sachets and an range of eye makeup in every colour of the rainbow.

One of my favourite finds was this hand cream, with the cute name of 'Give Me Your Hand'. I purchased the Redcurrant scent, but it also comes in two others which I can't recall at the moment.

Red-Currant Face Pack (Mask/Gel) & Hand Cream

The scent is amazing, and while the cream is slightly greasy feeling at first, if you control the amount used it sinks in very quickly and leaves hands quite soft. I would use this last, before trying to put on jewellery or other fiddly tasks. The scent is lovely but might be too sweet for some. It lasts awhile but not too long to be annoying. All in all I was very happy with this & would definitely buy it again. In fact, I bought the matching 'face pack' on my next visit.
How adorable is the packaging?

Sorry- ingredients are only listed in Korean

Currently listed for 8,000won (approx AUD$6.50 at current exchange rates) on the Banila Co website)

I'm not sure if they ship outside of Korea/Asia, but you could probably find this product in other online stores.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Fashion's Night Out With 'Pan Am'

As most crew would know, back In August and September there was a lot of hype and build-up for an upcoming US tv show called 'Pan Am', based on the actual airline of the same name that operated from the 1930's up until the early 1990's. With more and more information being released in the lead-up to the show, it was exciting to see the pictures of the cast in their blue uniforms, and wondering what kinds of details and set-dressing we'd get to see. The dawn of the Jet Age was a nostalgic and glamorous time in aviation- at least we think so now. It would be interesting to see how this period in aviation history would be portrayed to a modern audience.

As a fan of vintage fashion also, this show was a dream come true! Not only was it set at an airline, but we'd be getting 1960's era uniforms, offices, aircraft and more. I'd been wasting time on Facebook (instead of doing housework, naturally) and noticed an event in New York called 'Fashion's Night Out' (FNO). It's held every year in NYC (and 250 other cities in the US) to showcase designers and stores both large and small. For the 2011 FNO, a designer called Lisa Perry was hosting a 'Pan Am' themed event, and even better, two of the stars of the show would be attending- wow!

Pan Am posters everywhere. Wish I'd thought to 'liberate' one & get the stars to sign it!

Imagine how excited I was when I saw that my roster coincided a trip to New York with this event! I emailed right away to rsvp and ask to attend, I got a reply telling me that I could go. Yay!! Since Pan Am is set in the 60's, I thought I'd 'dress the theme' as suggested. Since I didn't have a lot of time before my trip, and none when I arrived, I chose a brightly coloured dip-dye dress (vaguely 60's) and black kitten heels (very 60s, lol). As I'd be coming right from my flight I decided to just wear my hair down and touch up my makeup before going.

Needless to say, taking the Subway to Madison avenue was kind of a bad idea, I could hardly walk by the time I got back to my hotel. But enough about that- on to the party! I arrived at the Lisa Perry store, only to see a long line of people stretching around the corner. I found a PR person and explained that I'd rsvp'd and what was the procedure. She said, join the line. Hmm okay, I guess rsvp'ing works differently in the U.S. While I'd been talking to her, a few more people had joined the line, so I went to the back and waited. It turned out, that they were handing out these "boarding pass" vouchers as they went down the line, and these were to be redeemed for one of the hard to get 'Pan Am Explorer' bags. No way!! As luck (or not) would have it, the last voucher was given the the person in front of me. I was a bit upset, because I'd RSVPed and then wasted time trying to find the person to 'report in' to. Anyway, nothing much to do but wait to be let in. I got talking to a few people in the line, one being a German guy who was working as a journalist in NYC, and some ladies who were Delta crew, one of whom was ex-Pan Am.

The journalist told me that he was really only there for a story, so I could have his Explorer bag. I said no, because it was too cool a thing to pass up, but he insisted. Awesome! :) Soon it was time to go inside, we were ushered in and those with coupons for bags lined up to collect them. The bags are pretty darn cool and worth over $100-something each so definitely an envy item! Didn't put mine down the whole time for fear of it disappearing. We were greeted at the door by the 'Pan Am' promo girls who had been doing events that whole week all around NYC, and also in LA earlier in the month. They said it had been pretty crazy and of course would only be worse once the show had actually started.

'Pan Am' promo girls hired by ABC to promote the show.
While the lucky ones holding coupons for bags waited to collect them, I had a wander around the store. Everything was 60's themed, but aside from just clothes there were also some cool coffee table books & toys. If it were my store, I'd have been worried about drinks getting spilt on the books, but no one seemed to mind.

One really cool feature was this aircraft-shaped 'drinks cart'. I totally would have wheeled it out of the door if I could have! You could get soda, juice or water (just like on the plane), and the promo girls were walking around with baskets of pretzels and peanuts. There was also a drinks station serving sparkling wine and even spirits! Despite being very jetlagged, I decided to enjoy a vodka & lemon.

I chatted to most of the promo girls, they were really nice & very happy to have gotten this gig. One said it was the most fun job she'd done.

Totally wanted to get this book! Can't recall the title just now but I know I've been looking for it online without success.

While exploring the store, I got chatting to a few of the other guests. One lady was a PR manager for ABC; she was taking photos of the event. I know we discussed airlines & marketing but in my jet lagged state I forgot to take any notes or ask her questions for this post. D'oh!! I also met a group of Delta flight attendants, some of whom worked for Pan Am in the 80's. They were very curious about my job and asked me loads of questions. They mentioned that they were planning a big screening party for the first episode of Pan Am and invited me to come. (Sadly, roster was already finalised and swapping wasn't possible)

Then it was time for the 'special guests' to arrive. We weren't sure who it would be but thought definitely some extras and maybe one of the cast. By this time, there were some photographers and TV people there, and suddenly camera flashes started going off. We all got our cameras/phones ready and crowded around the doorway to see...

Christina Ricci & Karine Vanasse (Maggie Ryan & Collette Valois)!!!

Of course everyone wanted photos but first the ladies had some tv interviews to do. We all stood around gaping and taking photos like fangirls...

Christina Ricci

Christina Ricci & Karine Vanasse

Designer Lisa Perry

Delta crew took this pic of me with my bag, and Christina in the back :P

Of course, the girls were in high demand and everyone wanted to talk to them. Not being used to the NYC way of things, I politely waited y turn, only to have a few people push in front of me I figured it was okay, as celebrities probably get sick of being mobbed, so thought I would leave it. But the Delta girls told Christina that I had just landed from Dubai (I think she thought I'd come just to the event, not that I was working as well!) Anyway, she was nice enough to take this photo with me. She's so tiny and pretty, like a little doll. Being jetlagged, I said something really dumb, she must have thought I was such an idiot!! Lol. Oh well, such is life! I manged to get my wits together enough to ask her if doing the show gave her new perspective on travelling, and what she thought of the job now she'd played a stewardess on TV. Harder than it looks, apparently! :)

Omg it's Wednesday Addams!! :P

Karine, Lisa & Christina with the Pan Am promo girls

Check out Ms Ricci's heels!

Close up. I'm totally jealous of Karine's awesome haircut.


My only regret was getting so caught up talking to Karine that I forgot to ask for a picture with her!! :( Since watching the show, Collette is definitely my fave character, and Karine herself was just so lovely to meet. We talked with a guy who was a former Pan Am mechanic, she ended up asking us about our jobs in the end. Seriously, the screen does not do Karine justice, she is even prettier in real life *insert anime starry eyes here lol*
I had to do it...

More of the 60's themed decorations in store...

Want. All. The. Books!

Limited Edition Pan Am Explorer Bag & Pan Am branded gum

Uniform in shop window. (Promo girl uniforms different to cast)
Overall, it was a really fun event and I'm so glad I got to go. (Thanks, Roster Gods!!) A while later I got an email from the journalist with a link to his article about the Pan Am/Lisa Perry event. You can see it here: (Scroll down the page- if you want a translation use WorldLingo or Google Translate)

As a big Twitter Fan, you can also follow for updates on the show with @PanAmABC  and keep in touch with Karine Vanasse. She regularly tweets back her fans! :)

Hope you enjoyed the photos, I know a few of you have been waiting for this post. Let's hope that Pan Am returns for another season.

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