In ‘Going to Bed with…’ we talk to the people we’re crushing on about how they wind down before going to sleep.
There are plenty of rules youâ€™re expected to follow as a womanâ€”from the way you look and speak to the career you pursue and what defines â€śsuccess.â€ť So naturally, when a woman unabashedly breaks those rules, itâ€™s refreshing as hell. Thatâ€™s part of the charm of Bria Vinaite, the Lithuania-born, Brooklyn-raised 25-year-old who burst onto the Hollywood scene (and into our hearts!) with her portrayal of a single mother raising her daughter Moonee in a Disney World-adjacent motel in the 2017 Oscar-nominated film The Florida Project.
Since then, the vegetarian animal loverâ€”expect to see the occasional home-cooked veggie dish on her Insta feed, along with carefree dancing videos, and relatable depression/anxiety/self-love memesâ€”has been doing what many women her age yearn to do: exploring different fields that feed her creative spirit and making a living while doing so.
Despite the whirlwind of excitement following Vinaiteâ€™s big debut, prioritizing solo time to recalibrate and pursue various other passions remains key. â€śNo oneâ€™s going to take care of you but yourself, and when you start making that a top priority, your life changes,â€ť she says like the friend who somehow always delivers that glass-half-full wisdom without sounding corny. â€śItâ€™s making sure that youâ€™re 100 percent or working on being the best you that you can be. When youâ€™re feeling good, you can be a light to others and spread that happiness.â€ť Here, Vinaite shares her favorite bedtime weed treats, how disconnecting from technology has made for a more peaceful night of rest, and the â€śwholesomeâ€ť LaCroix drink she sips before bed.
I buy a lot of random books, and itâ€™s really hard to immediately fall asleep if Iâ€™ve been staring at a screen, so reading and trying to put my phone away maybe an hour before I go to sleep are two of my go-to strategies before bed. I have a bunch of Paulo Coelho books, and I recently bought his book Warrior of the Light: Short Notes on Accepting Failure, Embracing Life, and Rising to Your Destiny, thinking it was going to be a book book, like a story, but it ended up being page-long short passages. I flipped to a random page and it was so accurate with the things Iâ€™ve been going through. Theyâ€™re little life lessons I try to sleep on at the end of my day. Itâ€™s been really nice to have those be my last thoughts before I fall asleep.
I love to smoke a joint before I go to sleep: Thatâ€™s my number one thing. I have two favorite products. If Iâ€™m in L.A., I always get the Dosist pens for sleep. Theyâ€™re so perfectly dosed and if I take two pulls of that, I go right to sleep. Itâ€™s the most ideal option when Iâ€™m traveling. If Iâ€™m at home, I have special pre-rolls of indica joints that are for bedtime. Thatâ€™s really relaxing. And lately Iâ€™ve been trying CBD pills from this great brand, Remedi. Literally every night that I took one I went to sleep within half an hour. So thatâ€™s something Iâ€™m definitely incorporating on nights where I feel like Iâ€™m not able to fall asleep because Iâ€™m anxious about the next day.
A warm shower before bed to feel relaxed is always nice. Iâ€™m really into scrubs and use a green tea and lemon nourishing body scrub by Tocca. It wakes you up and has such a lovely, refreshing scent. It sounds like it would be weird or gross but I like it, and Iâ€™m a weirdo whoâ€™s so picky, so I feel like a lot of people would.
I am obsessed with LaCroix, and I drink so much of it. Iâ€™ll definitely have one before I go to sleep. Usually, I go for the grapefruit flavor but lately Iâ€™ve been drinking the unflavored one just because itâ€™s called â€śpureâ€ť and I feel like thatâ€™s so wholesome. Iâ€™ve also been eating a lot of blueberries, and Iâ€™m really obsessed with cotton candy grapes. They have them at Whole Foods. Theyâ€™re organic, and itâ€™s the weirdest thing: they taste like blue cotton candy.
Iâ€™ve struggled with skin issues my whole life. The one thing that changed 100 percent for me, from being younger to now, is I will not go to sleep until Iâ€™ve fully taken off my makeup and washed my face and put on every moisturizer. I really love Neutrogenaâ€™s acne mask. Itâ€™s cleared up my skin on a bunch of occasions. I just started using it again because my skin is acting crazy because of the weather. And I really love masks like GlamGlow and the mint mask from Lush. I just like minty and cooling things. Brooklyn, who plays my daughter in The Florida Project, her mom taught me a little mint hack. Back when I used to get bad migraines, she sent me peppermint oil and told me to put it on my temples, and itâ€™s definitely helped me a lot.