In honor of Savoir Flair’s seventh anniversary, our editors each reveal a day in their lives. Read on to learn about the making of a luxury magazine and what goes on behind the scenes as we work — day in and day out — to reveal the Middle East’s most inspirational faces, places, and spaces to our readers.
Meet Savoir Flair’s Features Editor, Dylan Essertier.
I wake up and check my phone for messages from my friends and family in the US. There’s a 9-hour time difference, so I love waking up to their sweet and silly anecdotes first thing in the morning.
On productive mornings, I will have booked a 6 a.m. Flywheel class with a friend. I make some instant coffee and run out the door. I’m usually the last person in the class, sprinting in 1minute before the door closes, the lights switch off, and the beat drops. If there is hip-hop music playing during the ride, you can bet my score is at least 50 points higher. Panda Panda Panda.
I know this sounds super cheesy, but bear with me; I’ve started a morning gratitude journal in which I write down 3 things I’m grateful for each morning. The great thing about this exercise is you quickly run out of the typical topics, like ‘“I’m grateful for family, friends, and Nutella,” so you get really creative and specific (I have a rule with myself that I won’t repeat items). For example, today I wrote down that I was grateful for a team Indian lunch we went to yesterday, because I learned about a new delicious dish: ragda pattice!
I arrive to the office with a gigantic bottle of water (I’m currently testing what type of water I like best) and some coconut water. I’ve learned that staying hydrated has a major impact on my mood and my skin. Like Derek Zoolander once wisely said, “Moisture is the essence of wetness, and wetness is the essence of beauty.” Being hydrated makes me feel like an adult.
My day is divided between being a Culture Editor and an Integrated Marketing Manager for Savoir Flair. If I’m wearing my Culture Editor hat, I’m immersed in the interiors, food, and travel happenings around town (yes, it’s as fun as it sounds). Dubai has an endless stream of amazing events and personalities to cover, so I’m always discovering and learning, which are 2 of my favorite pastimes. If I’m in my Integrated Marketing Manager role, I’m working with our Head of Business, Julia, to prepare ambitious pitches and projects on behalf of Savoir Flair. I would say that the best part of my job is that every day is so different.
At this point, I’m usually starving. My co-editors prefer to eat later in the afternoon, so my willpower breaks around 12:01 and I enjoy my lunch. I’m going through a serious tuna and avocado phase right now. (Side note: this exercise has really shed light on how boring my lunch is and since writing this I’ve taken up cooking classes.)
By this time, if I don’t have an event after work, I’m probably dreaming of my couch. Most nights I’m out reviewing new restaurants with colleagues or friends. I love going to the movies, especially to Dubai’s independent monthly movie club, The Screen Club, which shows 2 new movies per month. Right now, for food, I love The Maine when I’m feeling social, Heat when I’m feeling healthy, and Play when I’m feeling fancy. Cocktail Kitchen has also become one of my go-to spots. I love how JLT is so up and coming! Shout out to cluster P.
I’m probably watching Netflix at this hour – any one of these 4 shows will do: Narcos, Gracie & Frankie, House of Cards, or Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt – while on my laptop while on WhatsApp. I’m also probably doing research of some sort on something. I’m really into psychology, like the real reason people procrastinate or the enormous power of the unconscious brain, so I save this type of reading for after work.
8:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
I’ve started a new ritual: I try to “shut down” 2 hours before bed. It’s called the 10-3-2-1 formula and it dictates that, ideally, ten hours before bed you should stop drinking caffeine, three hours before bed you should stop eating, two hours before bed you should stop working, and one hour before bed you should shut off your screens. Oh, it also says that zero is the number of times you should hit the snooze button in the morning. I’ll keep dreaming of the day that happens, literally.