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 Fashion Editor, Camille Macawili.
I’ve been waking up at this exact hour for the past few weeks. Sometimes, I go to the balcony and just sit there (and think about why they renamed my ‘hood from Tecom to Barsha Heights) before returning to bed to get an extra hour or two of sleep.
I wake up again. I’m not ashamed to admit that the first thing I reach for is my phone. I usually check 3 apps before I get up – Mail, Instagram, and WhatsApp.
I have this meditation app called Headspace, and I’ve set an alarm that reminds me to meditate for 10 minutes every day at this hour.
Ideally, I would love to have two hours to get ready at my own pace every morning, but during the week my prep time is always short. I manage to fit in a shower, a short prep, and getting dressed in under an hour, but I take my time when it comes to skincare and makeup. I use roughly 13 beauty products every day, just for my face. I don’t have perfect skin, but after years of testing out skincare products, I think I’ve figured out what really works for me. My absolute can’t-live-without-them products are Chanel ‘Vitalumiere Aqua in Beige’, Lancôme ‘Miracle Cushion in Beige Rose’, Jo Malone ‘Blackberry & Bay Cologne’, Fresh ‘Sugar Lip Polish’, The Face Shop ‘Design My Eyebrow in #3’, and Banila Co. ‘It Shiny Shimmer Base’ (a game-changing discovery from my Seoul trip two years ago). I also always make it a point to prepare my outfit the night before – it really saves me a lot of time in the morning.
I arrive at the office, and the very first thing I do before anything else is make coffee. No coffee, no workee! Over the course of the day, I consume at least 2 to 3 cups. Today, we have a shoot with an influencer, so I sort out a suitcase filled with clothes and accessories from Beirut. On non-shoot days, I would begin my day by reading the news. I really like knowing and reading about all things culture, current events, and entertainment.
Time for 2 quick calls during lunch. I call my parents and a friend to ask how their day is going. I’d like to think I’m very good at multi-tasking, and throughout the day I still manage to find the time to send funny memes or interesting links to my friends to let them know I’m thinking of them – even when I’m busy styling a shoot, like today.
7 outfits, 4 outdoor shoot locations, including the Surf House (pictured above) and nearly 50 Snaps and behind-the-scenes photos later, I go back to the office and tackle my inbox. I receive at least 100 e-mails every day. I’ll quickly reply to the urgent ones with my SoundCloud account open in the background. I’m the kind of person who has earphones plugged in all day (or at least when I’m in the office). I tend to listen to a single song on repeat all day for days on end. Right now it’s ‘ILYSB’ by Lany and it’s been on loop for four days – and counting.
I put together a fashion feature – this entails going through hundreds of celebrity, street style, runway, and Instagram images and looking at a lot of e-commerce websites and products. Now this may seem like I’m shopping to an outsider, but what I’m actually doing is conducting market research. This is the most dangerous part of my job, and one that I’ve expertly learned to control.
I leave the office, hop in my Uber, and head home to change my outfit for a dinner event tonight. 5:30 p.m. is my favorite time of day. I make sure I take a moment to stop and admire the sunset. Once home, I take an hour-long power nap as it has been a really long and hot day.
I don’t do fashionably late and always arrive to events on time. If there are no events happening at night, I usually see my friends for a catch-up dinner, read a book, check out an art exhibition, or try a random class like ballet or hip-hop dance. I don’t watch many TV series – Suits being the exception – and just re-watch movies on Netflix instead.
I’m in the company of really great people with good energy, so I make an exception and stay until midnight, considering 11 p.m. is my usual bedtime. Once home, I get started on my nighttime beauty routine, which is less intense than my day one. It involves removing my makeup, and putting on a face mask, a serum, and a whitening cream. I also apply heavy moisturizing lotion on my feet and slip on some socks. Next, I quickly go to my closet, do a mental scan of what my day will look like tomorrow, and put together an outfit accordingly. It’s 12:30 a.m. and the lights are off.