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 Photo Editor, Maya Itani.
My alarm goes off a total of 4 times before the final one gets me up at 8:30.
I’m finally awake. I pick up my phone and go through about 30 unread WhatsApp messages. Once I’m done, I get out of bed, brush my teeth, and start getting ready.
I change a few times before settling on my first – and most comfortable – outfit choice for our long video shoot today. Now on to makeup.
It takes me a maximum of 10 minutes to do my makeup every morning. My routine involves one pump of vitamin C serum, ‘Avene SPF 50+’ face protection, Lancôme concealer, Body Shop powder eyebrow filler, Benefit mascara, and Sephora’s amazing ‘MicroSmooth Baked Sculpting Contour Trio’.
I try 5 different hairstyles, and it’s my everyday, straight-out-of-bed look that wins. I put together a quick breakfast, usually a banana or two eggs, as I order a Careem.
I’m out of the house. 10 minutes later, I’m at the office.
I switch on my computer. Before getting comfortable, I make myself a latte – 1 cup of milk, 2 tablespoons of Nescafe, no waiting.
I start skimming through my e-mails. Around 10 unread isn’t so bad.
We’re shooting a video for the Culture category today. I head to Mini Cooper to pick up the prop, a ‘Clubman’ car.
I pick up the car and drive it to our meeting point. The team starts setting up the ‘Clubman’. 2 cameras, 3 flamingos, and 2 influencers later, we are prepped and ready for the road trip.
Our Uber arrives and we hop in. We are in separate cars, and now on our way to load up on snacks.
Our first stop is Spinneys. We load up on 4 Frappuccinos and snacks before starting our road trip to what is supposedly the best ice-cream spot in the UAE. Hint: It’s in Umm al-Quwain.
We spot 6 camels and decide to stop – time for selfies.
Around 140 kilometers in, we spot an Omani farmer selling watermelons from the back of his truck. We stop to buy one, which he cuts up for us to snack on before we reach our final destination.
2.5 hours and 164 kilometers later, we finally reach our destination, Ashouk Ice Cream.
We order 5 classic Ashouk ice creams, devour them, get some footage of the influencers, and spend 30 minutes on location before heading back.
Our return trip to Dubai is shorter, and without stops. We doze off for 2 hours.
We are back in the city, and I drive the Mini Cooper back to the showroom. I order a Careem to head back home after an exhausting day.
I start my boxing lesson, which I take twice a week. 60 squats, 60 lunges, 30 burpees, 10 minutes of skipping rope, 3 rounds of boxing, and 5 minutes of stretching later, I am done and ready to collapse.
I finish my shower, and then I get to work on dinner. I start by preheating the oven to 180°C and boiling a cup of rice. I then sauté 1 diced onion and some minced beef in 2 tablespoons of olive oil. I add 1 tablespoon each of salt, all-spice, and cinnamon to the beef mix, and turn off the heat once cooked. I arrange 4 artichoke hearts in a Pyrex dish and stuff them with the minced-meat mix. In a cup, I mix 1 tablespoon of all-spice, 1 tablespoon of cinnamon, 5 tablespoons of lemon juice, 1/2 cup of hot water, and 1 tablespoon of flour. Once mixed well, I pour it over the artichokes. I cover the dish with some foil and bake the artichokes in the oven for 45 minutes.
The food is ready. My husband and I sit down for a nice dinner and catch-up, after which we put on a 45-minute episode of our favorite TV show and get cozy on the couch.
I brush my teeth and get ready for bed.
1 minute later, I am snoring. Fact.