“Planning is key….. I am such a perfectionist”
Landing a cabin crew job with Emirates Airline was the perfect opportunity for Manon Isabella Weijtmans to travel the world. She is now spreading her wings as a luxury lifestyle blogger, flying high on her success; and even wearing Beyonce’s crown!
First of all, a very happy birthday to you from our entire team!
Thank you very much!
• Hi. Can you tell us about yourself and your background?
My name is Isabella and I moved to Dubai almost 5 years ago to work for Emirates Airline as cabin crew. This was great as I had the opportunity to travel to so many places I had never dreamed of visiting. I also had the chance to get to know so many people from different nationalities and backgrounds which was great.
After that I joined a luxury travel and lifestyle magazine as Director of PR and Communications and recently started my own blog where you can find everything relating to the luxury lifestyle.
• What are some of your favourite childhood memories?
Summer holidays with my family. My mom and dad took me and my brother to lots of places – especially in Europe – and I loved it!
• What tips do you have for taking a great Instagram photo?
Good lighting. And don’t take it too seriously; it still has to be fun.
• What are your favourite hang-out spots in Dubai?
It’s hard to choose as there are so many – and new ones every week!
But I have to say that I love going to the beach or pool whenever I have the chance. I have a Privilee membership, which makes it possible to go to the beach or pool at many 5* hotels here, which is perfect for me!
For sunset drinks, Jetty Lounge at One & Only Royal Mirage is my favourite for a beautiful view and a relaxing atmosphere.
For dinner I have to say Play Restaurant in the H Hotel. Their food is delicious.
• Tell us about your blog:
My blog is all about the luxury lifestyle – from fashion to beauty to travel and food – updated daily with all the hottest news!
• What is the biggest challenge you face with your work?
Time. I am doing everything by myself so it can be pretty busy sometimes and although I am working full-time on my blog, it’s never finished. But that’s just me as I am such a perfectionist.
• What inspires you?
Travelling. It’s so nice to explore new things and to meet new people.
• How do you stay in shape?
I am not a fan of the gym. I like outdoor sports, like paddle-boarding, swimming and playing tennis.
As we all know, food is also very important to stay in shape so I eat a lot of vegetables and salads but also fresh salmon and tuna. Plus, I drink a lot of water.
Furthermore, I rely on Detox Delight for their juices. They’re handmade, organic, 100% natural, gluten-free, unpasteurized and without any artificial additives. They taste good too!
• How would you define your personal style?
I have to say classic. Most of the time I am wearing white or pastel colours and at the moment I love to wear a pair of nice trousers with high heels.
• What’s your favourite snack?
Mixed nuts – especially pistachio.
• Who are the biggest influences in your professional life?
Audrey Hepburn is my icon – not only for her style.
And definitely Queen Rania of Jordan.
• What is your all time favourite movie and why?
The pursuit of happiness. For the story, for the great acting, for everything!
• What type of music do you listen to?
• What’s your number one make-up tip?
It starts with your skincare, so take care of your skin first!
I personally love serums like La Prairie (white caviar illuminating pearl infusion) which gives you a flawless skin.
I also like to pamper my skin with a Starskin Beauty face mask – they’re amazing!
• What’s your most memorable shoot?
It was a photo shoot that I did with Carla from The Stylistes for a Spanish magazine. She arranged the most beautiful dresses from Michael Cinco and we were shooting in the desert where I was wearing a crown. Later, Michael Cinco told me it was the same crown that Beyonce was wearing in one of her video clips!
• What’s the best advice you can give on how to better manage time?
Organize and plan everything in advance – planning is key.
I have different planners, as this works best for me; one for the articles I post on my blog, one for Instagram, one for meetings and one for event attendance.
• Best advice you’ve ever received?
Those must be from my mom;
• Always be yourself
• Be kind
• Be honest
• What are your plans for the future?
Travelling for sure; and to continue to work hard for manonisabella.com
• Your message for us at CP magazine:
Dear team CP Magazine, thank you so much for this lovely interview! I can’t wait to be a part of the ‘CP Magazine family’.