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Q&A with PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog winner: Kim Dao

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“I’m just an ordinary girl who absolutely loves make-up, fashion, and traveling! I first started blogging in 2011 as a way of keeping track of all my amazing memories while vacationing in Japan.  I fell so deeply in love with the country and culture that I wanted to make sure I preserved every part of the trip.  Over time, I started attracting a lot of attention from readers who enjoyed my blogs.  This led me to create a YouTube channel where I share videos about my travels, makeup, fashion, and my everyday life.”

Kim Dao, as our overall winner for the PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards this month, there’s USD$300 heading your way as we speak. But before you nip off to book your next flight, we just have a few questions for you.

  1. What’s your favourite holiday destination?

Europe, especially France. I love exploring and seeing the beautiful architecture. There are just so many countries you can visit that are so easily accessible.

  1. Which airport did you last visit?

Copenhagen Airport

  1. What’s the best thing you’ve bought at an airport?

Water! I always have to have water on me when I board a flight because it gets so dry in the air. I always have to buy one after I pass through security!

  1. What’s the one thing you always take with you when flying?

I always have to bring a small skincare kit with me while flying. My skin is very dry and especially in the air it gets worse. I always make sure to carry a face mask and a small sample-sized skincare kit to help my skin stay hydrated.

  1. Which is your favourite airport and why?

Singapore Changi Airport. It is my favourite because it is so big and there is always something to do. I’ve had long layovers at Changi Airport before and I never get bored of the place!

We couldn’t agree more– dehydration can be a real issue when flying and who doesn’t love Changi?

Thanks so much for taking part, Kim and congratulations on winning. We hope you celebrate with another trip soon.

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Six Jet-Setting Fashion Bloggers You Need to Be Following on Instagram

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We’ve all been there: one minute you’re scrolling through Instagram and the next moment, an overwhelming feeling of déjà vu hits. Didn’t you already double-tap this perfectly lit flat lay of someone’s breakfast already? And you could have sworn you screenshot that #ootd earlier…didn’t you?

This, my friend, is your wake-up call to diversify your feed. Here at PretAirporter HQ, we are always on the lookout for blogging talent. So prepare to meet the best fashion bloggers you need to know about. Perfect for when your Explore page is starting to feel a bit, well, samey.

Summer lovin' 💙🔥#ireneisseoul 📸 @douxdoo_

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1. @ireneisgood 

Hailed as the new Alexa Chung, Korean model Irene Kim is a global brand contributor for Estée Lauder no less. Her rainbow-hued locks have garnered her plenty of street style attention, but it’s her ability to rock anything from a tweed jumpsuit to an oversized denim jacket with sweatpants that makes her a must-follow.

Back to the roots – @lesbenjamins know how to put on a show 🖤

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2. @dana.hourani

Sassy mama, digital influencer, and one of Dubai’s most stylish bloggers, Dana Hourani is as likely to be spotted in the recording studio as she is posting editorial-worthy fashion snaps. Her bold and daring look ranges from red snakeskin trousers to fishnet tights with trainers (a surprisingly accessible combo).

Wearing Miao tribal vintage costume jacket at Eco-Museum in Tangan village of China. #GuiZhou

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3. @leaf_greener

Former senior fashion editor at ELLE China, Leaf Greener founded her own WeChat magazine called LEAF in 2015. Since then, she has worked with all the big brands including Chanel, Loewe and Chloé, and remains a fashion week favourite of photographer Tommy Ton.

4. @poppylissiman

Australian accessories designer Poppy Lissiman specialises in ethical products made using vegan materials — but don’t worry, these aren’t of the fair-trade sackcloth variety. Instead, think psychedelic sunglasses and holographic clutch bags as approved by the likes of Man Repeller and Pandora Sykes. Also, it doesn’t hurt that Lissiman can pull off a fluorescent fringed cape like no other.

5. @styledrive

Mumbai-based personal style and beauty blogger Aayushi Bangur is one of the most followed Instagrammers in the Indian blogosphere. Her feed is heavy on the glamour, and effortlessly blends fashion influences from both the East and West.

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6. @hedvigso

Ready to see the world through the lens of a banker-turned-blogger who also happens to be the best dressed mum in London town? Then follow Hedvig Sagfjord Opshaug, whose Céline-centric Instagram posts leaves us assessing our own wardrobes with a more critical discerning eye.

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Q&A with PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog winner: The Whisky Lady

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“My mission is to remove the dusty cliché that whisky is only an old man’s drink. Also working as a freelance representative for distilleries in France and estimating bottles for whisky auctions. Many of my friends say I have the best job in the world, I try to believe them but honestly, if it was true, my daily tasks would also involve free shopping sprees and cuddling kittens…”

Well, we can’t help on the kitten front, but we can certainly help with the shopping spree. Anne-Sophie, as our first overall winner for the PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, there’s USD$300 winging its way to you as we speak. But before you dash off to the nearest bottle shop, we just have a few questions for you.

What’s your favourite holiday destination?

I have to say Scotland, of course. You’ll probably guess why…

Which airport did you last visit?

London Gatwick Airport last week during a quick stopover in London to judge the IWSC ‘Spirit Communicator of the Year’ award.

What’s the best thing you’ve bought at an airport?

That has to be whisky. You probably know many distilleries release travel exclusive bottlings. For instance, I got my hands on a very nice Port Charlotte 2007 CC:01 last week – a killer dram.

What’s the one thing you always take with you when flying?

My notebook. I like writing articles the old-fashioned way when flying, it’s this one moment where I can really be focused and alone without being distracted by my phone notifications or e-mails.

Lastly, which is your favourite airport and why?

Tough one… I like Dubai Airport for its incredible shopping experience, but I’m more familiar with Amsterdam Schiphol and really like wandering around the halls before catching a flight – it hosts nice foodie spots, a World of Whiskies shop and The Johnnie Walker House which is a recent addition but worth checking out.

What the Whisky Lady doesn’t know about the water of life, frankly, isn’t worth knowing

Thanks so much for taking part, Anne-Sophie and congratulations on winning. We hope you enjoy a wee dram to celebrate!

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Announcing the winners of the PretAirporter Blogger of the Month Awards

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To kick off the monthly PretAirporter Travel Shopping Blog Awards, we are delighted to showcase our very first winners.

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 The Whisky Lady. Congratulations, Anne-Sophie!

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.

Blogger of the Month: Beauty

Breakeven London

Blog post: Tangle Teezer Summer & Disney

With a master’s degree in Fashion Journalism, Fani is displaying an equally masterful blogging ability. Born in Greece, she’s lived in London since 2010. Her blog includes helpful reviews of fashion and beauty products, along with the occasional foodie travel post. In this post, she champions the hair-taming abilities of a trusty Tangle Teezer. A product perfect for children and adults alike to keep unruly hair looking its best.

Blogger of the Month: Fragrance

The Candy Perfume Boy

Blog post: Speed Sniff: Nuit de Megève by Eight & Bob

When not drinking tea, playing with cats or annoying his boyfriend, Thomas – a.k.a. The Candy Perfume Boy – can be found indulging his passion for all things scented. Accompanied by his own comprehensive guide to the nuances and sciences of perfume, The Candy Perfume Boy writes detailed and evocative reviews of the latest perfumes on the block. The Speed Sniff reviews are particularly user-friendly, providing honest but concise opinions and making perfume accessible to the masses.

Blogger of the Month: Fashion

Happily Grey

Blog post: Subtle

Mary of Happily Grey writes a refreshing fashion blog, in that she doesn’t pretend to be an expert or dictate the latest trends. Rather she documents her daily moods and styles to provide inspiration for her followers. Her posts are complete with artistic photography and detailed descriptions of each outfit, explaining why they look so good. This post, titled subtle is anything but. And all the better for it.

Blogger of the Month: Luxury

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Blog post: Luxury Travel Tips: How To Plan The Perfect Honeymoon

Angie Silver travels the world in style. Her self-confessed wanderlust has taken her to places including: Europe, South East Asia, Australia, the USA, and South Africa. She’s always eager to try local cuisines and her blog often includes detailed restaurant reviews. Having married in 2014, she has personal insight into writing honeymoon advice. Her post provides handy tips on budgeting, destinations and even what to pack to ensure you look your best.

Blogger of the Month: Wines & Spirits

The Whisky Lady

Blog post: Weekly Whisky News Round-up

Dispelling the myth that whisky is only for middle-aged and older men, The Whisky Lady provides proof that anyone and everyone can appreciate it. When not blogging, Anne-Sophie works as a representative for French distilleries and estimates bottle prices for auction. So, she certainly knows a thing or two about whisky, the water of life. She also includes food pairings and recipes for each reviewed whisky. Her weekly round-up is a tidy information pack about the latest releases in the whisky world; accessible, informative and a valuable resource for any whisky enthusiast.

Vlogger of the Month

Niomi Smart

Post: Spring Look Book

25-year-old Niomi Smart first began vlogging in 2014. An all-rounder, Niomi’s vlogs consist of healthy recipes, lifestyle tips, travel, and fashion advice. Her comprehensive guide to the latest fashion shows you how to make the most out of your spring wardrobe – particularly if you live in the colder British climate. Her guide is complete with a store list so you can also go and buy that jacket.

Instagrammer of the Month

GypsyLovinLight

Mother of two Helen Janneson Bense is half Finnish, half Australian and lives in Western Australia. Having specialised in nutrigenomics and worked with children with autism spectrum disorders around the world, she whole-heartedly believes in a simple, loving way of life. Her Instagram is a gallery of beautiful travel shots and beach fashion inspiration.