There is little romance left in getting ready to go to sleep. Gone are the days when any well-appointed wardrobe included a nightgown with matching robe—and heeled slippers!—and committing to a full, nighttime facial routine was factored into a reasonable lights-out schedule. Those of us who don’t fall asleep on the couch after a long day of endless Zooms and triggering headlines are lucky if we have the stamina to wash off our makeup before collapsing into bed, only to lay awake, still thinking about said headlines. But leave it to Brock Collection’s Laura Vassar to bring the glamour back to bedtime.
“My nighttime routine is key to everything,” says Vassar, who enviably winds down with yoga or meditation before beginning a four-step skincare routine, which has recently come to include natureofthings’ Rejuvenating Overnight Facial Mask. So when the California-based self-care brand’s co-founders JP Collett and Jamie Leilani Pelayo approached Vassar about partnering on a beauty collaboration—a first for both brands—it was something of an easy sell. “The sense of purity and necessity that natureofthings brings to the skincare and wellness worlds almost mirrors the feeling that a woman has when she wears Brock,” explains Vassar. That she and Collett grew up together in Newport Beach also helped. (“We have been friends for decades,” she reveals.)
The limited-edition collection of sleep essentials, which arrives today as a ritual-focused set that includes a stunning eye mask, rose petal- and lavender-filled aromatherapy pillow, and a headband, is meant to enhance the application experience and enjoyment of natureofthings’ debut nighttime product, which launched earlier this summer—and which Leilani Pelayo refers to as a “transitional step from the bathroom vanity to the bedroom,” where beneficial ingredients such as collagen-stimulating alfalfa extract and brightening kakadu plum have time to absorb more deeply into the skin. Indulging in the light-weight, aromatic treatment isn’t a difficult proposition on its own; but having an excuse to wear Vassar’s accessories, which feature an exclusive archival print from Maison Bucol—the French mill responsible for many of Brock’s signature floral bustiers and Victorian ruffled gowns—certainly aids in regular compliance. “The collection is cozy,” says Vassar, which in Brockspeak implies beautiful French silk with a cream foliage motif finished with a French blue grosgrain elastic that’s soft enough to sleep—or leave the house in. Adds Vassar, “you could almost get away with [wearing] the printed headband on the street!”