Escape Artist

by cecylia on June 8, 2012

These photos were captured right after my return flight from Sydney last week. I often get asked about how I travel, not that this was a tremendous task as it was only a short trip. Plus I had the pleasure of relaxing in the Qantas Club Lounge before my flights. Nevertheless, I do have a few things to say about travelling in style…

Wear: Vintage coat, blouse, Pauric Sweeney bag, Cartier belt, Diesel jeans, Chanel earrings.

Travel LIGHT. I refused to bring a suitcase this trip and for the first time ever, I used this Pauric Sweeney Overnight bag literally as an overnight bag!  As I only stayed for a night someone was too lazy to change into another outfit… Shock horror! Cecylia wears the same outfit 2 days in a row! But I’m sure you’ll pardon me due to the special circumstances and the fact that, if you were me, you’d want to wear this outfit again too!

Travel in COMFORT. You always feel great if you are comfortable. This also means WARMTH. I teamed a cream blouse (God helped me against the nacho stains!) with these boyfriend Diesel jeans, designed for the butt that likes to sit, and this warmer-than-life wool coat which I’ve had for over a decade. I recall it to be the only green thing I owned and just adored the lengthy pockets. If you look back at the first photo, the caption should be ‘Look! No arms!

Wear SUNSCREEN. At high altitudes, we imitate Icarus. Flying closely to the sun allows its rays to pierce our epidermal layers. I’m sure I don’t need to get science-y with this. Read my passion for SPFs here to get an idea why this blogger looks younger than her age.

DRINK UP! Of course this is water we’re talking about. H2O should be your best friend on the flight. Because we all know that the air hostess sure isn’t. No matter how much you beg and plea, she won’t give you a free upgrade. A friend of mine have asked for a business class upgrade every time she flew, not once has her wish been granted. One time I asked the air hostess to give me more food (ah fast metabolism, you are a double edged sword) and she replied: “No you can’t. I haven’t even tried this cake.’ Yes I did ask her for more dessert. So choose water, if you’re the faithful type. Otherwise, have juice, tea, or wine, especially if you want to nap…

SLEEP as much as you can. Wear a mask, ear plugs, count sheep, do whatever it takes to get some zzzzz. I confess, I love having a glass of wine and then dozing off. The desired effect is three-fold. It helps me to sleep, gives me a healthy pink glow and a smile so that when I wake up, I feel refreshed, happy and don’t even have to touch up on blush.

If you must wear trackies, make sure they’re Alexander Wang, Stella McCartney, or Victoria Beckham! They’re cut for comfort and style. So all the better for you to rest in.

So if you’re off somewhere this weekend, I hope this post has helped you become determined to leave half of your luggage behind, and pack your SPF3O+ instead. Or if like me, you’re staying put, then remember these words when you pack for your next get-away: the air hostess is not your best friend. Have a sweet weekend lovelies!


Mica June 7, 2012 at 10:38 pm

Great travel tips! I’m in awe that you can only take a handbag on an overnight trip….I can’t do it. I try to travel lightly I really do (jeans are great you can wear them more than once without washing) but I always sneak in a few “just in case” items. And of course my comfy plane clothes never multi task as I plan them to on the other end. I think it just means I need to travel more, you know to get more practice at travelling light! haha!

cecylia June 8, 2012 at 4:00 pm

Yes jeans are great because of that :D I have just in case items usually too, but over the years i’ve leant to be brutal! And that’s right, it’s all practise :)

Arra June 8, 2012 at 11:33 am

I love the cute colors you are wearing!


cecylia June 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

cheers, who says that blue and green should never be seen?

james June 8, 2012 at 5:11 pm

sadly so, i havent gone anywhere in the past five years that requires me to pack.. but these are some great tips and I have bookmarked this for the day that i finally take some time off to relax :) your vintage coat is driving me insane.. i love it!!


cecylia June 8, 2012 at 6:38 pm

cheers, I adore it too. It’s definitely something I’d grab if my house burnt down :D

Teresa Ruan June 8, 2012 at 5:22 pm

I can’t agree more! although I wasn’t aware the UVA/B thing during the actual flight, it’s good to know! Nice colour combo, too!!

Francesca R June 8, 2012 at 6:55 pm

Great tips! i am totally loving that cape!!

Don’t Call Me Fashion Blogger

cecylia June 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

it’s not a cape :D It’s a coat/cardigan

Diary Of A Shallow Black Girl June 8, 2012 at 8:29 pm

I was doing the top two but not getting enough sleep.
definitely gonna invest more time in sleep
thanks for passing by xx
Diary Of A Shallow Black Girl

cecylia June 8, 2012 at 8:36 pm

cheers lovely! Yes sleep is key!

antonella c'est moi June 8, 2012 at 8:34 pm

lovely look…so cool!!

Andrea June 8, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Amazing colour of your cardigan! It’s my favourite

davie+erica June 9, 2012 at 12:08 am

So pretty! Love how you styled this look!

ox from NYC!


cecylia June 9, 2012 at 4:45 pm

cheers thanks darl! xx

Eleonora Manzi June 9, 2012 at 1:41 am
figure of chic June 9, 2012 at 4:42 pm

wow nice pics!

would love for you to stop by my blog as well :)

Figure Of Chic.

Eliza June 9, 2012 at 5:32 pm

Love your blouse and shoes. :)
And wow @ your coat pockets are HUGE! O.o

Comfort is the best thing! <3 And your coat looks comfy for traveling :)

Thanks Cecylia for your lovely comment on my interior space painting post! :)

cecylia June 9, 2012 at 11:00 pm

Cheers! Yes the coat is SO comfortable for travelling and the pockets hold so much too :D

Maddie June 9, 2012 at 5:34 pm

Such a cute outfit! I really like those shoes! :)

Bernadeth June 9, 2012 at 7:47 pm

i love everything! such a great outfit :)

Visit my blog? xx Miss Beatrix (

cecylia June 9, 2012 at 10:58 pm

thank you! Glad you can appreciate it!

Renée June 9, 2012 at 10:55 pm

I love your belt! so vintage looking!!! =)

cecylia June 9, 2012 at 10:59 pm

yes vintage Cartier!

miss Margaret Cruzemark June 10, 2012 at 12:38 am

This is such a great post. I love it!!! A gorgeous selection of images!!!
Best Regards
Miss Margaret Cruzemark

Glass to the Rim June 10, 2012 at 3:54 am

i love your sweater!

cecylia June 10, 2012 at 10:39 am

Me too! I never loved green until I met this coat;)

Michelle June 10, 2012 at 4:04 am

Love how you put on everything, great combo! :D

Morgan June 10, 2012 at 4:33 am

Such a cute travel outfit! I love traveling with an oversized scarf for a littl extra warmth! Also, thank you SO much for stopping by The Jem Journal! Stop back again soon! Have a wonderful weekend!

cecylia June 10, 2012 at 10:38 am

Ah yes an oversized scarf is a great idea! You must be a very seasoned traveller ;)

Not Just A Pretty Dress June 11, 2012 at 4:09 am

Thank you for the advice! Every time I have a long fly, I try to sleep, but somehow I always end up reading magazines and watching movies, so no relax…This casual and chic ensemble is perfect to travel in style and I cannot stop admiring your shoes…May I ask you the label? Thanks!

cecylia June 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

I know the feeling, I used to do that too, magazines helped me to unwind and forget about work :D But yeah rest is even more important!

cecylia June 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

Oops forgot about the shoes- they were vintage from my travels in Switzerland…no label…

koko mo June 11, 2012 at 4:22 am

aww i LOVE your shoes they are so perfect!! and your sweater is adorable as well, cute buttons! great outfit!

cecylia June 11, 2012 at 5:17 pm

lol thank you so much!

Beth Roman July 4, 2012 at 3:55 pm

are you at all interested in selling that bag? I recently discovered Pauric Sweeney and have been searching high and low online for that cobalt bag with no luck, I would love to buy it from you if you still have it and no longer use it! please contact me at the above email if you are interested!

Beth Roman July 4, 2012 at 4:01 pm

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