Calming Nighttime Activities That I Swear By


There’s nothing I value more in this life than sleep.

I typically get home between 7:30p and 9:30p, depending on my post-work SoulCycle schedule. That doesn’t give me too much time to do a lot of things because I like to get to bed between 10 and 11. And that’s a pretty firm rule for me. There are a few things I like to do every night before I hit the sack. My bedtime routine is v. sacred to me, and I feel that I get the best sleep ever when I complete all of these steps…so I wanted to share them with you to help you get YOUR best sleep!

Shower & Skincare Routine

I, personally, shower at night. During my shower, I’ll wash my face with my favorite cleanser and if it’s an exfoliating day, I’ll do that as well. Immediately after showering, I’ll use my Jergen’s Wet Skin Moisturizer. Once I’m towel dried, I’ll continue my skincare routine (which you can read more about here). It’s the perfect beginning to winding down for the night.

Cup of Tea

Although I’m a morning coffee drinker, I’m a tea drinker at heart. Every night, my dad and I will have a cup of tea (old school, Red Rose, is our favorite) at night. It’s another favorite part of my bedtime routine!

Light a Candle

Candles are just the best. During the fall and winter, I love to light anything vanilla-y or a stress relief candle.

Read Anything

Whether it’s a magazine article or a book, JUST READ SOMETHING. At the beginning of the year, I was doing SO WELL with reading, but I’ve totally slacked off lately. But I’m slowly getting back into reading before bed! Reading helps my eyes get tired (in a good way), and helps my mind wind down after looking at a screen all day.

Spritzes of Lavender 

My final step before bed is spraying lavender scent on my pillows. There’s something so calming about lavender and I immediately feel less stressed once I smell it…and lay my head on my pillow. The perfect way to start my best night’s sleep!


photo by allie provost


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  • Maybe one day the sun will come out and I’ll be able to feel it on my face😂🤷🏻‍♀️ But I’m not letting that ruin my Sunday! Heading to brunch with Matt’s fam then I might go see a show by myself! Any Broadway recs?! I’ve pretty much seen most of them butttttt send away!👏🏻🔥
  • HMMMM WHERE TO NEXT?🤭👀 These temps have me ready for some warm weather🥶  I’m already planning my travel schedule for the year and have two places pretty much set in stone: Scottsdale, AZ and CROATIA😍 .
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What places are you planning to go to this year?! Let me know in the comments below and I’ll hook one winner up with a ☕️ gift card🙌🏼
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  • “There’s something about the New York City air that makes sleep useless.” ❤️ After a three day weekend filled with shoots, SoulCycle, errands, amazing company, and late nights, I’m feeling so lucky to be able to live in the greatest city in the world🙌🏼 #newyorkcity #nyc
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  • On Thursdays, we wear all black and tulle👀🤷🏻‍♀️ That’s how that goes, right? .
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  • Last night in my usual 6:30 @soulcycle class, @mantaszvinas said something that just stuck. He said, “Say your resolutions out loud.” And in that moment I realized something: I never said my resolution out loud to anyone. How am I supposed to be held accountable?
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So in 2019, everything I do is going to have a purpose. Every blog post I publish, every Instagram post I curate, every email I send, every argument I make,  every thing I put in my body. WHATEVER. It’s all going to have a PURPOSE. Resolutions could be heavy weight that is constantly on your mind — but that’s not what I want this year to be. 2019 is going to be another year of growth, happiness, success, and yes, probably even failure. But damn, I’m ready for it🙌🏼
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Your turn. Say your resolutions out loud. Let’s hold each other accountable👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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