flying

Skymall: The 6 Weirdest Things Ever

If you've flown anytime in the past... ever, you know about Skymall – the mall of the skies. We stumbled across an old blog Irene (founder of BOX, what WHAT!) wrote years ago, a blog that was probably written on a Commodore 64.  (If you don’t know what Commodore 64 is, God Bless You. You are in your early 20’s or younger, have no wrinkles and can still pull all-nighters and then function the next day. Must be nice!)

Where were we? Oh, that's right. SKYMALL. You know, that ubiquitous airline magazine filled with non-solutions to problems that never even existed?  What everyone seems to be writing about these days?

We had to share. 

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sky mall is an undiscovered gem 

i take a lot of flights. whether it's to my home home in san diego or any one of my client locations, i always do two things as soon as i settle into my seat: (1) i check to see if the arm rest is in its horizontal position and if it's not, i make sure it is. this sends a firm signal to the person sitting next to me that i am in no mood for small talk, and (2) i study the SkyMall magazine.

SkyMall is an underdiscovered gem. i have found many relevant gifts for loved ones from 35,000 feet in the air. 

here's a list of six things - categorized into "cool" and "why?"

COOL!

if there's EVER a reason to do the Beyonce Bounce in the shower, here it is. a wall mountable back scratcher.&nbsp;

if there's EVER a reason to do the Beyonce Bounce in the shower, here it is. a wall mountable back scratcher. 

i am SO MAD at myself for not thinking of this portable pillow myself. it's so much better than the neck pillow. the only drawback is the slight embarrassment of blowing it up and then feeling awkward about deflating your breath into recycled airplane air after you land.

i am SO MAD at myself for not thinking of this portable pillow myself. it's so much better than the neck pillow. the only drawback is the slight embarrassment of blowing it up and then feeling awkward about deflating your breath into recycled airplane air after you land.

also useful if you're are really short.&nbsp;

also useful if you're are really short. 

WHY?

there's really nothing i can say about these tailgate chairs. it left me speechless which is really hard to do.

there's really nothing i can say about these tailgate chairs. it left me speechless which is really hard to do.

i can see this conversation piece kicking up a lot of trouble at cocktail parties. one drink too many and a compromising photo of you and the sumo wrestler will be tagged in facebook faster than you can say "yokozuna".

i can see this conversation piece kicking up a lot of trouble at cocktail parties. one drink too many and a compromising photo of you and the sumo wrestler will be tagged in facebook faster than you can say "yokozuna".

this is a FAKE security camera. i've seen similar burglar retardant devices and think they are all dumb. included in this list is the fake dog barking tape and the blowup man.&nbsp;

this is a FAKE security camera. i've seen similar burglar retardant devices and think they are all dumb. included in this list is the fake dog barking tape and the blowup man. 

So many years later and we still dream of having a pickup truck set up with individual hammocks and a hanger for our hanging-out-in-parking-lots needs. Dear Skymall, don't ever change. 

Our Up in the Air Beauty Routine

One of our team members is constantly traveling. Cross country flights, long haul flights, you name it! Still, every time she's in the office, her skin is glowing (it's absolutely LUMINOUS). After a little prodding, she finally divulged her beauty secret - a top to bottom regimen she learned from renowned make up artist Lisa Eldridge.  

Lisa has an amazing tutorial that's perfect for long flights. Yes, you will get looks from your fellow passengers, but just think about what havoc that recycled cabin air is wreaking on your skin and it will be easier to ignore the sidelong glances and occasional pointed finger/giggles.  

Some of the ridiculous(ly transformative and amazing) things she recommends: 

  1. Slather hydrating cream on your hair
  2. Take off ALL make up
  3. Use a toner with essential oils
  4. Put a mask on (not the scary green kind, a clear one, preferably - see tutorial for all product recommendations)
  5. Hydrate back of hands
  6. Go to sleep with a lavender filled eye mask...snoooooze....
  7. DRINK WATER

And depending on how long your flight is, repeat. There's one thing we'd add to that – Box Intimates wipes (of course). After sitting for hours and hours, doesn't every part of your body need a little freshening up?

This routine definitely works, but even doing part of it is better than not doing a thing. Try it, and instead of arriving feeling like you need a nap and a shower, you'll be ready to hit the town.