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I was scrolling through Instagram the other day when someone reminded me that back in the day if you ate a sneaky Maccas cheesy-b with a Diet Coke, in calorie terms, they cancelled each other out. Go on. You went with that too, yes?
I also apply the same il-informed, wishful-thinking kind of justification when shopping at an airport. If you’re not at home and you’re heading somewhere else, then did said shopping really happen? Ok, you got me. The bags swinging from my carry-on tell me it did but, in my mind, the spendings have come out of a mythical, no-man’s land budget.
You see, I LOVE travelling. And for me, it all starts at the airport. It matters not if I’m heading on a short trip in Australia or halfway around the world, I will always arrive at the airport with plenty of buffer time for shopping.
I’m relaxed, I’ve got the holiday or escaping-reality vibe happening and I’m ready to buy.
The airport I spend most of my time in is my home-town airport, Brisbane Airport. So when the good people at Brisbane Airport Corporation asked me to visit the Domestic Terminal and spend some time browsing their fashion and beauty retailers, it was indeed a non-hardship situation of my working life overlapping with my real life.
Let’s just say I am very across the retail situation at Brisbane Airport. Some may say this is an indication of my shopping … ahhemm … problems. I like to think it’s my duty as an online style advisor to be at the top of my shopping game. AT ALL TIMES.
Think what you will, I’m here to tell you that airport shopping can very much help you out of a sticky situation if you find yourself in the departure lounge with a niggling feeling that you’ve forgotten to pack something for your destination. And it won’t cost you more than it would have at your local shopping centre.
I may be a reformed packer (and have written an ebook to back up that reformation) but over the years, many an airport purchase has saved me from arriving at a destination, wanting in the wardrobe or beauty department.
Below are eight reasons why you might find yourself extremely appreciative of a quick shop at Brisbane Airport.
1. You accidentally (on purpose) forgot your makeup kit
This is a strange occurrence that’s been happening to me even since Mecca Maxima opened at Brisbane Airport. It could also explain why I’ve reached Level 3 on the Mecca Beauty Loop loyalty program. Oops. A girl really can never have too many lippies or illuminators. And everything is just so shiny and lovely.
Find it: Near Gate 38, Virgin Terminal
2. You look at the weather app and realise it’s colder at your destination than anticipated
I’m a weather nerd from way back and rarely get caught on this one but no-one’s perfect. I’ve been known to pick up a cardi, a wrap, a scarf, a pair of warmer pjs or even a pair of slippers. Thank the slumber gods for Peter Alexander.
Find it: Near Gate 25, Virgin Terminal
3. Your weekend is going to be more active than you first thought
I’m now that person who packs her activewear and actually uses it. I don’t know who I am, either. Former self was not that person. She knew not to even bother putting in so much as a part of yoga pants. But former self also would get caught out on group-conference-lets-all-be-active-and-have-FUN activities. Don’t get caught out. Get your glutes into Lorna Jane.
Find it: Near Gate 39, Virgin Terminal
4. You’re flying to a tropical island but forgot a hat
True story. I did just that. I’m a sun-safe girl from way back (thanks Mum) and have made it a life-long quest to find great hats for my big head. A lot of good that does me when I leave them all on the hat rack at home, instead of with me as I was heading to the Whitsundays. Blue Illusion saved the day then and would still do so today. I’d probably sneak in this Positano-inspired kaftan for good measure too. Lemons ARE the new pineapples.
Find it: Near Gate 24, Qantas Terminal
5. You ran out of time to buy an outfit for your interstate work Christmas party
It’s a crazy time of year. I don’t advocate panic buying but I do advocate packing an old favourite as a back-up but taking time to check out stores like Seed for a fresh option. You’ll even be sorted in the shoe and accessory department and no one will be the wiser (unless you share your secret) as to where you bought your outfit.
Find it: Near Gate 22, Qantas Terminal
6. You own 12 pairs of sunglasses but left every one of them at home
I have a sunglass wardrobe but do you think I remembered to pack one pair on a recent overseas trip? No. No, I did not. I realised the error of my ways somewhere over the Indian Ocean. Had I remembered at the airport, I could have justified a new pair from Sunglass Hut.
Find it: Near Gate 23, Qantas Terminal
7. Ditto a clutch and accessories for a black-tie event outfit
This might also fall into the “accidentally forgot” basket. I mean, a girl can never have too many blingy accessories, can she? It’s the easiest way to freshen up an existing event outfit and you’ll have them on hand for the whole party season. Mimco will not let you down.
Find it: Near Gate 22, Qantas Terminal
8. Just because
Let’s face it, I can give you all the very valid reasons why you might NEED to shop at Brisbane Airport, but let’s not forget: you’re in an airport. If you’re not going on holiday, then you’re travelling for work. Give in to the vibe and treat yourself.
So, tell me, am I alone with my airport shopping “did it really happen?” theory? What’s the best thing you’ve ever bought at an airport? I want to hear all your airport shopping stories in the comments below.