NightCap: Natalie Decleve, Natty Style
In Night Cap, we’re going behind the scenes with Sakara babes to uncover their beloved night time routines + rituals for deep sleep, and a following day filled with love + positive energy.
I usually have a huge bowl of veggies, often curried. I love what I call “healthy comfort food” which is not at all fancy, but delicious and nourishing. Often I’ll add steamed shrimp, lump crabmeat or a piece of broiled wild Alaskan King salmon. I love picking up an organic roast chicken from Whole Foods which’ll feed me for days - and if I’m feeling really lazy, I’ll fill up from the organic prepared foods bar at LifeThyme Market. I grate fresh ginger root into hot water pretty much all day long, so by nighttime I’m over the tea and onto other things… like chocolate.
I take bedtime snacking seriously. My day is not complete without dessert in bed. I alternate between banana and nut butter straight from the jar (Nuttzo Organic 7 Seed & Nut Butter is my everything), a Fine & Raw dark chocolate bar, some quick homemade banana “nice” cream with cardamom or avocado chocolate pudding.
I only wash my hair about 2x a week and never at bedtime, so daily baths are ideal. A bathtub is a non-negotiable in any apartment I live in, especially for the winter months when I feel like there’s no other way to warm up. I usually use Believe Organic’s Detox clay soak which is great for relieving sore muscles, cleansing skin and extracting any yucky stuff from your day. If I run out of that, I’ll use quality magnesium salts because I’ve had a hard time finding a truly natural bubbly bath product (any suggestions welcome!)
doTERRA essential oils are the best because they’re certified therapeutic grade, edible and sustainably sourced. I put lavender oil in my bath, along with a detox bath soak by Believe Organics. I also use Frankincense on my skin to fight age/sun spots, and tea tree aka Maleleuca oil on any breakouts. Shoo zits!
I love face masks. I have no idea if they do a damn thing, but they feel like a treat and I love treats. I like clay masks when my skin is feeling oily in the summer, and moisturizing masks like GM Collin’s Organic Energizing mask when I’m dry.
To set the mood and unwind, I light the candles in my fireplace, dim the lights (I'm big on mood lighting) and listen to jazz, take a bath and read. I'll also listen to This American Life or Prairie Home Companion on NPR, drink a nice glass of red wine with some raw dark chocolate.
I’m not big on TV. I haven’t owned one in years as I find it stresses me out. They’re also rather large (my apartment is not), and not terribly pretty. I prefer a picture on my wall and to watch Netflix or Hulu online if I need to. I try to quit all electronics at least 30 minutes before bed. I use that last little bit of the day to read, journal or meditate. It really helps me to fall asleep quickly, rather than lying awake and running over my to-do list. Usually I’m reading some kind of book on health, nutrition, enlightenment or something heady and educational for my work, but right now I’m treating myself to a novel called The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer. So good! And interesting! :-)
Most of the year, I sleep in my skin. But super cold nights call for stripe-y long john style leggings, a super soft cotton T and sometimes even a cashmere sweater. My “proper pjs” for sleepovers w/ friends (like on vacation) are usually from Eberjey.
I have a steely grey set and a white bedding set. I love white, though. But they’re hard to keep clean, especially given my chocolate and red wine in bed habit. Right now I have Snowe Home’s duvet cover which I love, and I’m eyeing some new bamboo sheets from Parachute Home.
I don’t technically have a nightstand, but in my little window nook I have a candle that I always light before bed, Yuni Beauty’s Body Butter and Believe Organic’s cuticle oil, my Warby Parker glasses, a silk sleep mask and earplugs because this city is noisy…and bright.
I remember my dreams often! I dream about homes and spaces all the time. I call my apartment “The Treehouse” because it’s on a 5th floor walk up and has high ceilings and this giant library ladder…the other night I dreamt that I found the most AMAZING treehouse to live in, it had several rooms, a human size birdbath out of the window and so much sky all around.
THE FIVE MUST-DO THINGS BEFORE SLUMBER
- Turn off all screens
- Light a candle, or several
- Eat dessert in bed by the window
- Read or journal to digest aforementioned dessert