5 tips for a relaxing evening routine


The balance that these elements offer me makes me feel good
both about myself and in my mind.

And you, what is your evening routine like?

1. Slow pace

Because we’re living our life at one hundred miles per hour, it’s important to learn to slow down in order to spare ourselves, be more efficient and less stressed. This is why I try to reduce the number of things I schedule for each evening, and try to set a single priority in order to successfully go to bed earlier and to sleep for 8 whole hours. Frankly, it is effective, but it requires a huge effort every day!

2. Move to get rid of the stress

To release the stress caused by the everyday work, the crowds we encounter while moving around, and the millions of things we all have in mind, working out is an excellent idea. To each their rhythm and their choice of the moment, whether intense or more Zen—there is a way to find happiness. Need to let off steam? I go running or attend a boot camp. Need to relax and reconnect with myself? I opt for a Pilates session with Valérie Raby (Lolë ambassador) at Vibe Pilates or a yoga session with Lolë.

Maryne is wearing the Nita tank and the Motion leggings

3. Have a healthy meal

It is important to eat light at night to aid digestion and not “store” too many rich foods. In summer especially, I opt for fresh food: a soup made of fresh vegetables (gazpacho), a Greek salad (tomatoes, cucumbers, feta, Kalamata olives, lemon juice, olive oil), quinoa in tabbouleh, and the best for last: my salmon tartare. I therefore reveal my secret recipe, super easy to achieve, guaranteed success!

  • 1 fresh salmon fillet: remove the skin and cut into very small cubes
  • 2 tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • 4 teaspoons French shallots, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped capers
  • ½ avocado (replacing mayonnaise—it’s my healthy option)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
  • 1 teaspoon Tabasco
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon juice (to taste)

Mix all ingredients; prepare your servings in ramekins. Put in the freezer for ten minutes to set slightly and empty the ramekin on the plate (upside down) for a beautiful presentation. Sprinkle with black and white sesame seeds, serve with a green salad and expect your guests to be pleasantly surprised!

4. Adopt an essential beauty routine, for a healthy and rested skin

With makeup, pollution, sun, biting cold in winter, sweat and various small attacks the skin endures every day, it is essential to remove all traces of makeup before bed, but also to moisturize our skin. We want it to be healthy, toned, and luminous. A radiant complexion starts with how we choose to preserve it by cleaning and moisturizing.

In order to do so, I try to drink a litre of water a day and herbal teas with various benefits. I also aim to sleep 8 hours per night (although, with my recurrent insomnia, the latter is the work of a lifetime). I like to use essential oils to relax and massage my legs before bed—I love the feeling of a fresh and hydrated skin.

To remove my makeup at night, I’ve recently discovered the range of NeoStrata® products and I loved, among others, the Detoxifying Micellar Gel that gently removes my makeup (with a cotton pad) where I tend to have redness when using some other product. I use the Skin Resurfacing Duo twice a week to deeply cleanse the skin and I find that the formula is gentle to the skin. Also, every night, I apply the Night Repair Cream to moisturize my skin and wake up with a hyper-fresh complexion!

5. Better time management

This means being able to organize our week’s time, to perform some essential tasks (cleaning, storage, administrative procedures), to best prepare the next day for a lighter spirit but to also leave some time for our hobbies.

I try to divide my week into different activities, like going for a drink with friends (Thursday night ideally, to not be tired all week), writing for my blog, working for personal projects, arranging/decorating my apartment, shopping online, keeping in touch with my family and friends, surfing on Pinterest for inspiration, reading, organizing my future trips.


Maryne is the creator of the blog The DreamCatcheuse, which has been online since 2012 and uses sincerity and humour to talk about travel, fashion, sports adventures and little pieces of life.

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