Each month the best posts across beauty, fragrance, fashion, luxury, wines and spirits, are awarded a ticket in Dubai Duty Free’s Finest Surprise luxury car draw (offering the chance to win a fantastic latest model car) and a special PretAirporter award logo. The overall winner each month also receives a USD$300 cash prize, which this time goes to Kim Dao– congratulations!
The initiative will culminate in December with the PretAirporter Global Blogger of the Year Awards, featuring some outstanding cash, product prizes and winners’ trophies. The ultimate winner will also earn a paid stint as Editor-in-Residence at PretAirporter.
BLOGGERS OF THE MONTH
Blog: Kim Dao
Kim Dao is an Australian blogger and YouTube star with a passion for make-up, fashion and all things Japanese. Here blog was originally started to preserve the memories of her to travels to Japan, but has become a great place to find the latest news and reviews for Asian fashion and cosmetics. She’s worked with brands including Shu Uemura, Etude House and Schwarzkopf. Her comprehensive guide to the top ten Japanese skincare products is brilliant, as it simplifies the choice of thousands of products.
Blog Post: Map of the Heart Introduces Pink Heart V. 6
Sydney based Clayton started his fragrance blog back in 2011. Capturing the artistry and creativity of perfume production, he writes knowledgeable reviews on the latest fragrances. Clayton also reports on his regular travels, or “scent adventures”, meeting top global perfumers and industry experts. As a graduate of the Grasse Institute of Perfumery and Perfumers World, what he doesn’t know about perfume simply isn’t worth knowing. And maybe one day his own signature fragrance will grace the shelves of global duty frees. Clayton’s review of the unusual Pink Heart V. 6 details the temperamental but rewarding challenge of producing narcissus scents.
Blog: The Grey Fox
Blog Post: Travelling Light For The Summer Holidays
The Grey Fox aka David Evans writes a sophisticated fashion blog celebrating the best of British men’s wear. Having worked with brands such as Aston Martin, Penhaligon’s, Hawes & Curtis, D R Harris, Fraser Knitwear, IWC Watches, Moss Bros, Thomas Pink and Glenfiddich to name just a (very) few, David Evans is certainly a purveyor of good taste. His guide to packing to light for your holidays will ensure you look dapper, without needing extra luggage allowance.
WINE & SPIRITS
Laura Donadoni grew up in Bergamo, Italy, where some of her earliest memories involve helping with the time-honoured, wine-making process of squishing juice out of grapes with her bare feet. She’s travelled throughout Europe and Africa but has settled in sunny California. As a certified sommelier and experienced journalist- who better to go to for the latest wine articles? Laura’s post about the history, complexity and sheer deliciousness of Lugana DOC will have you searching for a bottle of your own.
Blog: Luxury Columnist
Suze and her husband Paul are regular travellers, frequenting top hotels, on-trend restaurants and must-see attractions. Complete with destination guides and reviews of the latest luxury style trends and beauty products, the Luxury Columnist is a must-read for anyone planning their next indulgent adventure. On the Hotlist includes a taste of everything Luxury Columnist has to offer, with the low-down on summer events and activities, from the Experimental Perfume Club to Dorset’s New Forest ponies.
25 year-old, London based Laura fills her lifestyle blog with travel and foodie experiences, plus beauty and fashion tutorials.
Italian Nicole Ballardini, aka Nicky, lives in Amsterdam, after studying for her MSc in Marketing Management in London. Working in the fashion industry led to the creation of her fashion blog in 2014 and is now accompanied by the aspirational Instagram account: nickyinsideout. She now juggles working on her blog with caring for her young daughter.