Vic Ceridono Glamour Beauty Editor from Brazil (and Glamour Brazil’s Editor at Large) seriously knows how to pack. Now living in London, Vic Ceridono is blogger-meets-beauty editor-meets author – and, boy, does she travel.
Half a million+ Instagram followers eyeball her stylish trips around the globe (Dior Cruise show in Paris, anyone?) but Vic says there’s no place like London.
“My first trip to London was in 2000 and I fell in love. For me, London is the best city in the world. And I actually don’t mind the weather since I travel so much!”
A self-confessed make-up junkie, Vic’s blog, Dia de Beauté, turned 10 last year and she’s written her own beauty book, which she plans to relaunch in English. Oh, and did we mention she collaborated with M.A.C to create her own signature shade of red lipstick?
Time to delve into Vic’s suitcase psyche…
What is the first trip you remember taking?
My first memories of vacations are a mix of beach and countryside – places I used to go near my hometown, São Paulo, with family. I didn’t travel as much as a child, more like long beach holidays or to the mountains near home. My first proper trip abroad was to ski in Snowmass, near Aspen in Colorado.
If you could sit next to anyone – dead or alive – on a long-haul flight, who would it be?
I’d love to sit next to Estée Lauder and just hear all her stories as a female entrepreneur, building one of the biggest cosmetics brands and everything it became. I think it would also be fun to sit next to Anna Wintour – but only if she wanted to chat!
How do you usually recover from jet-lag?
I always try to adopt the sleep/wake-up timings of wherever I’m flying to on the plane, and the same when I land. Even if I’m feeling super-tired, I don’t sleep during the day. I just drink green tea, keep myself busy and try to stay awake for as long as I can.
Your flight’s delayed an hour and your phone’s out of battery. How do you pass the time?
Reading magazines. I love magazines but find it harder and harder to find the time to read them. To be honest, I love a daytime long-haul flight just to be offline and disconnected (top tip: NEVER get the plane wifi!). I always manage to get so much done: writing, reading, watching movies.
Biggest lesson from your travels?
The importance of planning – but not obsessing over it. I like to have a rough schedule just to make the most of my time in a new place, but I don’t stress about it and like to be open to unexpected turns.
Do you travel for food, leisure, culture or something else?
All of the above! Eating is a big part of my love of travelling, I love to find the coolest and most amazing restaurants where locals go – it’s such a good way of capturing the atmosphere of a city. Culture is also big, of course, especially when I’m with my husband. He’s so good with history and always enlightens me with facts and stories of the place. As a beauty editor, visiting spas is also a must.
Favourite hotel? Why?
I’m such a hotel junkie, and I’ve been lucky enough to stay in some amazing places. My most memorable ones would be: the Guanahani in St Barths, where we got the most surreal upgrade to the Admirals Suite. The Scelta di Goethe, in Rome, is a completely unbelievable experience and feels like you are the guest of a roman emperor in his home. The Imperial Hotel in Vienna is also incredible, so luxurious and full of history. In Brazil, I’m obsessed with the legendary Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. And, finally, I recently stayed at the Peninsula in Paris for the first time and was just mind blown by the whole experience.
Favourite airline? Why?
I’ll go with both Latam and British Airways. I hold the very fancy Gold card, which is literally one of my most valuable possessions! It makes such a difference to the journey.
What’s on your travel playlist?
A mix of favourite songs from my favourite genres: jazz, rock, house music, hip hop and Motown classics.
I’m on my way to Capri, my absolute favourite place in the world, for a friend’s birthday. We went to Capri on our honeymoon seven years ago and go back every other year. Then it’s back to Lisbon (another favourite), Algarve for the first time, and Brazil for three weeks for work. I also really want to include Mykonos on my summer itinerary, I’ve been dying to go there for so long.
What are your must-have travel picks?
A mist of any kind to refresh on the go – I’ll pack either La Roche-Posay, or Avène Thermal Water. I also rely on aromatherapy to have a good night’s sleep, so I carry a mini version of This Works Deep Sleep spray when travelling. I can’t board a plane without lip balm and I’m loving Clinique’s new Pep-Start Pout Restoring Night Mask at the moment. Then there’s sunglasses always, my Prada bag that’s the ideal size for travelling, and a wrap as I’m usually cold on planes. I always have my sleep mask with me, and, if it’s a long haul, I’ll pack slippers (that I collect from hotels) to walk around on the plane.
VIC'S TRAVEL ESSENTIALS
First thing that comes to your mind?
My 100ml-only cosmetics bag.
Packing: roll or fold?
Time killer on a long-haul flight?
Writing / doing emails / catching up on movies
On-flight tipple of choice?
None! I don’t drink on planes, just loads of water
Bucket list top destination?
Japan, Iceland, Safari in Africa
Best shopping gem found abroad?
A rug and ceramic pots bought in Istanbul
Beach or City?
Genuinely unable to pick, love both!
Anywhere quiet – in a mountain or in the countryside.
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