When Savoir Flair first investigated a day in the life of Natalia Shustova, we were shocked to find that she actually had time to sleep. Not only does she curate her own style blog and website, Shoestova.com (a play on her last name), but she also raises a family of three, consults for regional fashion brands, is designing her debut collection, works as a fulltime lawyer, and insists on attending as many industry events as possible. Shustova is as unstoppable as they come.
Click through the gallery for a look at how one of her action-packed days unfolds, from morning to night.
It’s time for a family breakfast before my three kids – Dasha, Hannah, and Felix – go to school. They are all pancake lovers and it’s always difficult for me not to have some too! It’s also the time of the day when we check the kids’ daily activities and plan our day.
When the kids and my husband Michael are gone, I have my morning “me” time. I read up on world news, check my e-mails (I have five work e-mail accounts), catch up on social media, and blog.
I am a big fan of the Dukan diet, which helped me lose 20kgs two years ago. My food program is very strict on carbs and I also try to eat a lot of protein. My breakfast is usually either fat-free Greek yoghurt or fat-free Russian cottage cheese with some berries.
I have no time to go to the gym or do group classes, but I try to exercise five to six times a week using YouTube. It’s very effective and never boring. My favorites are Ballet Beautiful, Tracy Anderson, 5-Factor Fit by Harley Pasternak, and Jillian Michaels.
My dressing room is the biggest room in the house. My clothes are very well organized by color, length, and occasion. I usually keep a few outfits with me in the car as my daytime activities vary from client meetings to legal work to press events.
I’ve had the same slicked-back bun hairstyle for more than a year now and have a very simple makeup look – big lashes and red lips. I can get ready in 30 to 40 minutes.
I contribute a fashion column to a Russian magazine, in which I recommend the best places to shop in Dubai to our readers. This month, I am featuring the Isabel Marant boutique at Mall of the Emirates. As part of the feature, I choose my favorite items and take photos wearing them for the magazine.
Every week, I shoot one or two stories with street-style photographer Dunja Lugaric from Style Dissection for my personal blog, www.shoestova.com.
After shooting I stop for a delicious lunch at Cut by Wolfgang Puck in The Address, Downtown. I love this place – great scenery, atmosphere, and food!
I check the production of my upcoming collection at Mon Atelier Dubai. I am designing my own collection under the name Natasha Morcos, which is due to be released in the first quarter of 2015. It’s all about fun, playful prints and cuts for the busy woman.
This is the serious part of my day. I do a quick outfit change in the office and, now that I look like a lawyer, I go straight into a meeting with my colleague who updates me on what happened in court this morning and at the different government authorities. We also prepare the strategy for tomorrow’s court hearing and work with my paralegal to draft the paperwork. Luckily, I’m a partner so I have no set working hours!
It’s time for fittings at Bambah Boutique for the IWC gala tonight. As the brand ambassador for Bambah, I have the privilege of being dressed by the brand for special occasions. I love the first ever collection of Maha Abdul Rasheed; it was very difficult to choose what to wear, as everything is so fabulous.
I rush back home to check on the kids. I promised we would finish the Christmas tree tonight. It’s looking beautiful and we’re just working on the final touches.
After this, I need to get ready for my Cinderella moment at the 2014 DIFF red-carpet event. Do you now understand why I always have the simplest hairstyle and makeup?
Diamonds and Elie Saab all around tonight. I had a little chat with the gorgeous Emily Blunt at the star-studded IWC Filmmaker Awards gala dinner.