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 Managing Editor, Noor Tehini.
My alarm rings. I never, ever hit snooze. I start my day by drinking 500ml of water from a bottle that I keep near my bed and meditating for 15 minutes. I practice chakra meditation on most days, but if I’m feeling tired or lacking focus, I use the Headspace app, which is a great tool for guided meditation.
I choose my sneakers for the day. I currently own 19 pairs (and counting). I’m very unadventurous when it comes to my workout clothes, usually sticking to white, black, or gray, but my sneakers are where I really have fun. Most of them are customized designs with either my name, a nickname, or a message.
After grabbing 1 date and 2,000mg of Vitamin C, I run out the door to make my 7 a.m. training session.
I spend the next hour at the gym. I work out with my trainer, Lee Ryan, 3 times a week, and once or twice on my own. We’re doing a full-body, bodyweight workout today that includes a 2,000-meter row, 100 squats, 50 jumping squats, 100 walking lunges, 50 jumping lunges, 50 push-ups, and 100 sit-ups.
I’m a creature of habit in my day-to-day life, which can look quite boring if you’re looking in, but it eliminates a lot of small decision-making that can take up so much brain space. My breakfast during the week is the same each day – I have 2 organic boiled eggs, 1 small sweet potato, and a side of raw greens and salad with extra-virgin olive oil and my homemade seed mix. I have breakfast with my family every morning, which is a ritual that is very close to my heart. I don’t drink coffee in the morning and will have a mug of breakfast tea instead.
After a shower and minimal makeup application (I usually only manage a slick of mascara), I’m in my car and on my way to work. I rarely listen to the radio during the week. My current podcast obsession is The Model Health Show, which tackles different health, fitness, and wellness topics each week. My friends and family call me the “Bag Lady” because I’m always lugging around a million bags. There’s the vintage Hermès that I bought while on holiday in Amsterdam, which serves as a large tote to fit all my essentials in; the laptop bag I received as a gift from Chanel that contains my Mac and work notebooks; a paper bag that usually holds my lunch and snacks; and on days when I’m heading out straight after work, there’s usually another tote with makeup and heels. I like to travel light. On the topic of notebooks, I always carry 4 with me; two are for work, and two are for personal projects and memos.
I park 3 floors underground and then ride the elevator up to the 27th floor, where the Savoir Flair office is located. As a woman having to cross multiple obstacles with multiple bags in her hands, I am reminded every morning that chivalry is not dead – at least not in JLT.
I make a cup of tea – I have 12 different flavors of Kusmi tea and like to alternate them to keep things interesting – and join the editorial team for a stand-up meeting to kick off the day, discussing projects we’re working on and catching each other up on what’s been happening around the world. The rest of my morning is spent working on content with the editors, meeting with our commercial team, and getting back to e-mails. I much prefer e-mails to phone calls.
I have just enough time to stop by the newly opened St. Regis for a meeting with some contacts from Paris before I join Savoir Flair’s Founding Publisher and Editor-in-Chief, Haleh Nia, at La Petite Maison for lunch with a client. We always order 2 burratas to start, but as I’ve given up dairy for almost two years now, I just stare at the dishes in longing. I try to eat a clean diet, eliminating all processed foods, gluten, refined sugars, and dairy, which means my options at LPM are limited. That being said, it remains one of my favorite restaurants in the city. If I’m not eating out, I always bring my own lunch with me. It usually consists of a salad with organic chicken breast or wild-caught tuna. For the dressing, I drizzle some olive oil and add a pinch of sea salt that I bought from Athens – and voilà!
Before I head back to the office, I make a quick stop at Huda Al Nuaimi’s atelier. I’m attending 6 events this week, and she’s dressing me in one of her gorgeous creations. She’s got a desk filled with all sorts of candy and treats, but when she’s expecting me, she fills a bowl with goji berries and dried mango (cue: heart emoji).
I’m back at my desk and tackle all the remaining content for the day. At this point, my inbox is flagging a total of 137 unread e-mails. For someone who likes to get back to people within an hour, this is really stressful. I can tell it’s going to be a long day. My favorite way to cope with stress is to eat, but thankfully, the Savoir Flair office always has a big bowl of fresh green apples on hand to save the day. Add to that some almond butter and my afternoon cravings are sorted.
I leave the office and rush back home to get changed. “Rush” is a strong word to use in this case, as I sit through about 45 to 60 minutes of traffic every evening. The first person I call when I leave the office is always my mother. The second person is my fiancé, with whom I’ll talk to until one or all 3 of our dogs interrupt our conversation by doing something stupid. They all live with him and are fantastically lovable disasters in their own way. After that, I’ll jump on a three-way call with my best friends.
We always joke that you can spot the working women at an event – they’re the ones who look like they’ve literally had ten minutes to pull themselves together. I am one of those women. In under 10 minutes, I’m out the door again after adding lipstick and bronzer, reapplying my mascara, changing into a dress, and slipping on some heels. My hair is the same hippie mess it always is, except this time it’s decided to sprout some uncontrollable baby hairs. My first stop is DIFC for the opening of Nadine Kanso’s exhibit at Cuadro Gallery.
I’m back home for dinner with my family…
… and back in the car for my last stop of the day. Brian Atwood is in town and he’s hosting a party with Level Shoes at Inka, a new Dubai hotspot. It’s almost my bedtime (I’m in bed by 10:30 on most days), but this is one party I didn’t want to miss.
I’m finally back home. I wash my face and remove my makeup before I go to bed. My face wash, toner, moisturizer, makeup remover, and eye cream are all from Nuxe. I was introduced to the brand a couple of years ago and have been hooked ever since. Before I fall asleep, fear washes over me as I realize that I will have to be up in six hours and at the gym in seven. 8 hours of sleep is my magic number, and it’s very important to me that I manage that on most nights. I make a silent promise to myself to have a really early night tomorrow. Fingers crossed.