Hello, Girls’ Night In friends! My name is Tanya Sichynsky and I’m a social media editor at The Washington Post, which can mean a lot of things. Right now, that means working on the editorial side of The Post’s newest product: our Snapchat Discover channel. I work on curating and editing Post content to better fit the platform and collaborating with our design team to present our journalism in a creative, visuals-first way. I’ve been at The Post for a little more than a year.
What does self-care mean to you?
Oh, man. Self-care, generally, means a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Even to just me, it can mean something different depending on what I’m dealing with on any given day. I tend to operate in two extremes: Not taking care of myself at all and almost over-indulging. I’m still working on a healthy balance. On one day, self-care can mean getting out of bed, making myself a smoothie, having a healthy lunch prepped and working up the energy (and courage!) to go to yoga or for a run. On days when I’m in a better headspace, self-care can mean taking the extra steps in my skincare regimen that I don’t always have time for, like exfoliating or applying a nice facial oil before bed. Self-care is anything that helps quell my anxiety or helps me better prepare myself, inside and out, to take on – or recover from – the stresses of the day.
What are your favorite beauty/fashion/lifestyle products that help you wind down at the end of a busy day?
I am obsessed with subscription beauty boxes (right now I get Ipsy, Birchbox and Sephora Play!) so I really enjoy opening up a new box at the end of the workday, playing with new products and finding the best ones to incorporate into my beauty regimen. It’s like sending myself a little gift each month, and even after a terrible day it makes for something fun to look forward to later. It’s my way of balling on a budget; I can try luxury items that make me feel like a fancy lady without committing to a big pricetag purchase. Just recently I got Sunday Riley Good Genes (an incredible lactic acid treatment) and Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Cream in some of my boxes and I am capital H hooked. I also love donning Lush’s Don’t Look At Me exfoliating mask or Glossier’s Moisturizing Moon Mask and kicking back with a glass of vinho verde. Let me tell you, the Espiral Vinho Verde from Trader Joe’s is a cool $4.99 and it’s divine. I once bought a whole case of it for $60. Lastly, DW Home candles. I suffer from scent-induced migraines and those candles are one of the few that my head can tolerate. They sell them at Marshalls and TJ Maxx and they’re incredibly inexpensive. I genuinely enjoy coming home from a tough day and lighting a bunch of the minis around my room. It’s all kinds of calming.
So, TL;DR: Ball. On. A. Budget.
What does your ideal night in look like?
My perfect night in involves successfully cooking a delicious and challenging meal (I highly recommend cooking your way through the soup section of Chrissy Teigen’s “Cravings”) while blasting a Stevie Wonder playlist, spending some time painting or drawing, applying a hair and face mask, taking a nice hot bath, burning some candles and watching a new episode of The Arrangement, which is my new extremely guilty pleasure. It is a bad show. But oh, is it good. Depending on my mood, I’ll either be really extra and make myself some Mexican hot chocolate with all the fixings or I’ll make myself what is basically just a Moscow Mule but I’ll sub out vodka for tequila.
What book is on your nightstand right now?
Work has been all kinds of hectic since the new year, and I’m embarrassed to say I’ve had very little time to pleasure read. That being said, Julia Carpenter, a close friend of mine and colleague at The Post, lent me “Postcards from the Edge” just after Carrie Fisher died and it’s sitting on my nightstand, waiting for me. I’ve got a beach trip scheduled for June, and I plan to crush it then if I can’t find the time to get beyond the first five pages beforehand.
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