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A Day in the Life

@scoutthecity's Sai De Silva

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Meet Sai de Silva, lifestyle blogger extraordinaire. What started as a fun way to capture her daughter’s street style in New York has now turned into her heavily followed and adored blog, Scout the City. From her hilarious TikTok videos (some of the best we’ve seen) to her practical styling tips, de Silva manages to make that connection with you, showcasing an approachable and relatable personality alongside beautifully captured and curated images. Her inspiring content makes us all want to get up and get going just like her and reminds us to never take ourselves too seriously. We sit down with de Silva, now a mother of two, to learn about her life in the city, her love of apoptogenic drinks (we didn't know either), and more. #adayinthelife #IRL

All photographs by George Elder

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A Day in the Life

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What's your morning ritual?
I start my mornings by writing down a few things I’m grateful for and getting in a quick meditation. This helps me get grounded and start the day with a positive attitude. Then I try to get a sweat session in before jumping into my day. After I’ve taken time for my mind and body, it’s time for coffee, breakfast, skincare, and mom duties.

Workout routine?
I used to head to the gym bright and early for an hour or an hour and a half of training with Mr. Daryl Gregory. Now I’ve been switching it up more between Zoom sessions with him, rides on the Peloton, some weight training moves that I do on my own, and occasionally some yoga. I like to mix it up. The important thing is just to move every day. It helps me sleep better and keep stress at bay.

What's in your bag?
My phone, sunscreen, a notebook, and some makeup essentials. I love the Chanel tinted moisturizer, Hourglass mascara, and some classic Shea moisture lip balm. Rio occasionally stashes a Hot Wheel or action figure in there as well.

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“If you’re going to rock a power suit, don’t shy away from color. This pink version is both feminine and fierce when paired with a delicate pinstripe blouse and white mules. You can also wear each piece alone. Style the pants with a graphic tee or throw on the jacket with a pair of jeans.”

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“The perfect look for city life is denim—I live in it. My tip: You can instantly elevate your jeans by throwing on a structured blazer like this plaid version and some no-nonsense heels.”

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What's a typical day at work like?
I wish I knew. Some days I’m working with my photographer to shoot content for campaigns. Other days I brainstorm ideas for the blog and work on writing posts. Recently I’ve been obsessed with watching and creating fun TikTok videos. And other days I’m answering emails from dawn until dusk. My workweeks are a grab bag of different projects and creative whims.

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When you need an afternoon pick-me-up…
I make myself an adaptogenic drink. I love a matcha, blue spirulina latte or a superfood smoothie with Ashwagandha.

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Favorite nighttime eats…
I’ve gotten the entire family hooked on stovetop popcorn and I’m not sorry about it. I add olive oil and either blue spirulina or nutritional yeast which makes it cheesy. So I mean, it’s healthy popcorn, right?

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Nighttime beauty routine?
My nighttime beauty routine is constantly changing. After cleansing my face, I’ll apply an essence. I love the one by SK-II. Then I’ll apply a night serum like Sunday Riley Luna Serum Night Oil which works wonders in my opinion, and finish with a night cream. Occasionally, I do a sheet mask to wind down or use a facial roller.

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“Don’t be afraid to mix textures and play with contrast. I like to combine sophisticated items like this leather midi skirt with sporty pieces like this sweater with baseball tee vibes. I went for stilettos in this case, but you can also opt for sneakers to give otherwise classy outfits a street-style feel.”

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Bedtime rituals?
Hubby and I take turns putting the kids to bed, which means pjs, story time and usually a big protest on the part of Rio Dash. Afterward I’ll finish up with emails or work projects that didn’t get done during the day or catch up on Netflix. On the weekends, there’s usually a glass or two of red wine in the mix.

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Secret weapons to getting it all done?
You never get it all done! I’ve learned to live with that. The best way to stay sane and maintain some semblance of balance is to prioritize ruthlessly and just do your best.

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And what gets you motivated to start it all over the next day?
I feel really lucky to be living the life I’m living. I love being able to work for myself, hang out with my kids, and live in this amazing city. Problems are forever and I get overwhelmed every now and then, but I try to have as much fun as possible along the way. I wake up feeling grateful for how far I’ve come and excited for the road ahead.

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