Chasing Cozy

A blog about travel, beauty, DIY and home decor. We aim to inspire others to live their coziest and most creative lives.

WHAT I LEARNED FROM PUBLISHING MY FIRST 50 BLOG POSTS

orange sequin skirt and coffee graphic tee
  1.  People can be cruel, but you HAVE to block out the haters. Ponder something for just a second to see if it's actually something constructive. If it's not, ignore it. I'm not saying that these comments don't upset me, because sometimes they do. You just HAVE to realize that no matter what you do, you can still receive hate from trolls. Block em out. If your "friends" are poking fun of your blog, they're not your friends. Cut the fat and move on.
  2. Blogging is NOT for the faint of heart. If you you are blogging about something you're not super passionate about, rethink why you're doing what you're doing. You have to be so so passionate about something to work on it for that many hours a week, and to not get burnt out.
  3. Write with your own voice. Lot's of times I find myself reverting back to my formal writing background and realize, this doesn't sound like me. Cue the rewrite process. Scrap, rewrite, repeat.
  4. If you have a writing block, save a draft and take a lap around where you're working. I used to sit and rack my mind and get so down on myself when I couldn't think of how to write about something. Think of something from the perspective of your reader. Wat would they want to know?
  5. Working with a significant other can be hard. Take the pain points and create processes to avoid frustration in the future. For example, when I have James helping me take a picture, I have him snap a few then let me look so I can rearrange a space. This saves us from some of the worst fights.
  6. Everyone and their dog has something to say, but that doesn't mean that what you have to say isn't important. Period. 
  7. Time blocking is your best friend. If you are a perfectionist or get caught up in the details, find a system that holds you accountable for time that works for you.
  8. My last point. This is something I have had to learn through life in general, not just blogging. Stop being so hard on yourself. Let your ideas flow and scribble them down, even if it sounds weird. That's how you share your unique point of view with people and how you provide value through your blog. There's only one of you, so get over the imposter syndrome and OWN it. This is something I tell myself every day.  

FALL WEEK: ACCESSORIES

FALL WEEK: DRESSES

WHAT I LIKE TO DO AT THE START OF EACH SEASON

At the beginning of each season there are a few things I like to do to set the right intentions.

1. Clean out my closet. If there are things I haven't touched in a year, they're out. By doing this each season, I can't let myself get away with the excuse that I'll keep it until next fall when I didn't even wear it this fall.

This is also a great time to figure out where you have missing pieces in your wardrobe. You can find those holes and plan to invest in those pieces, especially if they are basics.

If you are limited on closet space (who isn't?), then storing larger items that are for the winter under your bed in bins may help you out. It's so satisfying to have everything organized and ready to go. And honestly, I'm a much more pleasant person when my space is put together.

2. I like to try new recipes. I pick five main dishes and a few sides to make for the season and try to always have those ingredients on hand. This prevents me from wasting food in the fridge and eating out. It's also helpful when going to the grocery store. My personal nightmare is wondering the aisles after a long day at wort not knowing what to get.

3.  Build in some time for fun. When you break it down, each season is about three month. If you make time to do something seasonal once a month, that's a lot of small fun activities! Having something to look forward to always help Friday come a little quicker.

I know I always look forward to my favorite antique fair and decorating my patio of fall. Or, in the summer, we try out a new cocktail recipe and make sure to get plenty of sun. In the winter I love to frequent the holiday markets and break out the festive decor.

This is a great way to learn about your community and meet fun people!

Do you make lists for every season? Tell me about them!

FALL WEEK: JEWELRY

FALL WEEK: SHOES

DIY PAPER BATS


Once when we lived in Syracuse a giant bat flew into the house and James wasn’t home to get it out for me. These bats are way less startling than that.

I don’t really do spooky decor because, honestly, I don’t need my stress levels any higher than they already are. I do, however, enjoy the coziness of fall decor.

I combined both with these white paper bats. They add texture to the space and make it festive!

HOW TO MAKE AN EASY BOHO FALL WREATH

You may have seen on my Insta that we recently became home owners! We were so grateful we were are in a position where we were able to buy a home, and excited about all the projects that come with a house!

BUT WOW HOW THE TABLES HAVE TURNED in the last few weeks. Lots of new home repairs suddenly came up. Hello standing water in the basement and totally new roof...

Amongst the chaos I just needed to have one thing that made the house feel semi put together.

Fast forward a few days and there I was standing in an overly crowded Trader Joes in my leggings and work out tank, just like the 9879 people in there, and I perused the floral section per usual.

Didn't have any big revelations here, just snatched up some fall wheat filler and pretty stems and left satisfied after grabbing my butternut squash mac and cheese.

OK, I'll get to the point.

HOW TO MAKE A BOHO FALL WREATH

SUPPLIES:
-Dried florals
-Woven fans or something else that shows off your personality (mine were thrifted but you can find them on Etsy.)
-Embroidery hoop (thrifted)
-Glue gun and glue
-String or floral wire
- Hairspray


23 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR HOME COZIER

iced coffee and fresh flowers

You all know my blog is about making your spaces cozy in a way that works for you. No matter your circumstances, there are always small things you can do to improve your space in a way that makes you feel good.

Here are 23 affordable and attainable ways to add a touch of cozy to your home.

SUMMER SOLSTICE APEROL SPRITZ

sliced oranges and a bottle of aperol on a cutting board

SO, it seems like we've been seeing aperol spritzes in every other picture as we scroll through the 'gram lately. It seems like people have pretty polarized opinions on this beverage. The New York Times even published an op-ed on why they think it's a horrible drink.

AFFORDABLE SUMMER SHOE GUIDE


HELLO SUMMER! Hello manicure season. My favorite manicure is one I give myself at home with a jumbo glass of ice cold rose and trash tv playing in the background. Oh, and a fuzzy robe is a must. I don't ask for THAT much ;)

This is my complete guide to all types of summer shoes. I kept all of these well under $100 for all the girls on a budget like me. NOTE: I have only listed shoes from brands that I 100% trust and love. We all know cheaply made shoes are a bad time for everyone.

COMFY DRESSY


FLATS



SNEAKERS

 

UPGRADE YOUR TENT CAMPSITE

Tent camping is something James and I have enjoyed from childhood, and something we have shared together since we started dating.

It's definitely not everyone's cup of tea- I get that. I do think there are ways we like to improve upon our campsite that make it so much cozier!

 

LATCH HOOK BASICS: PART I


boho modern latch hook tapestry and peacock chair reading nook

Latch hook doesn't have to be "your grandmother's latch hook" anymore! These pieces add color and texture to spaces and can add a vintage flair. Yes, you can find real vintage pieces, but sometimes it's hard to find something that fits into your space exactly how you want it to.

You can make free form shapes, tapestry pieces, or go the more traditional rug route.

You do not need a ton of supplies and this is a relatively easy project, you just need to have the patience to work on it.

DIY: SHELL BARRETTES AND HAIR PINS

DIY shell hair barettes for boho braids

Seashell everything is trending this summer and I am here for it! AS FL gal myself, I love the texture and unique colors shells bring to the table. Plus, the extra kick of earth tones brings in the beach goddess, glowy vibes ;)

For this DIY I'm going to show the EASIEST way to add some summer flair to your boho hairstyles.

AFTER ENGAGEMENT: REGISTRY 101


Part of the engagement process is making a registry. I personally didn't have the time or desire to walk through the mall and different stores to browse through racks of dinnerware and cutlery. SO, here is what worked for us.

WHY I LOVE SHOPPING VINTAGE FOR MY HOME


boho basket wall with pastel vintage lace on bolts

Since James and I have moved around quite a bit, we have never really felt like investing the money into all out decorating any of our apartments. We didn't want to spend a ton of money on furniture that might not even fit into our next place when we moved again.

In order to solve this problem, we started thrifting and frequenting antique festivals and markets. We have both always loved the character that vintage items add to any space.

REASONS WHY I FURNISH WITH ANTIQUES

1. You have a chance of finding unique items that are not all over stores. These vintage finds can give your space more character and show more of your personality. It gets boring seeing the same things over and over.

14 THINGS I LEARNED FROM MY MOM

mother and daughter at wedding

This post serves as a reminder for myself and a "thank you" to my mom for all the things she's taught me over the years.

These next points are all things my mom taught me when I was younger. For most of these, I wish I listened sooner.

LIST OF THINGS I WISH I LISTENED TO WHEN I WAS 20

  1. Invest in a good pair of jeans. The basics will never go out of style. Classic pieces look good on everyone

GETTING RID OF THE WINTER BLUES


If you live in the north, you know there are still a few weeks until we see those truly warmer days. My moods and anxieties have always varied based on my environment. If you are one of those people, you know how real seasonal depression can be. In this post I'm going to share five ways to beat the cold weather blues on a budget.

ARCH CHASERS DAY TRIP: HOLLY, MICHIGAN

front of an antique shop in Holly, Michigan

Lately James and I have been more of the weekend warrior traveler type. We have been busy and unable to take longer trips. We will plan our honeymoon eventually!

Whenever we move somewhere new, it's important to us to explore the area. There's nothing better than getting to know all the good local spots. Local eateries, coffee shops, boutiques and grocery stores make up a large part of a community's culture. Visiting these places is a great way to get to know a new area and the people who live there. After all, we are "locals" now.

WHAT I ALWAYS HAVE IN MY BAG

what's in my bag, scrunchie lipgloss hairbrush travel essentials

I always love seeing the contents of peoples' bags and what they can't live without. I think it tells a lot about the person! As an INFJ personality type, I love this.

Here are a few of the essentials I like to have with me when I leave the house. This obviously changes depending on the weather and whether or not I'm bringing Archie with me. I'll post about my doggie necessities for travel in another post. That's a whole different type of beast.

FIVE FACTS ABOUT ME


Hi everyone! Thank you for stopping by my blog to read. I've recently had a few new folks around here, so I thought I'd share a little more about myself.

Here are five facts about me:

1. I swam competitively for eight years. The smell of chlorine brings back so many fun memories with friends. Swimming is what made me a hard worker when I was younger. Without swimming, I would have never met James, but that's a story for another post.

2. My favorite food of all time is medjool dates. I LOVE food in general but these take the cake. My mom introduced me to them and I think that's why they have always held a special place with me. If you haven't tried a date with a little cream cheese and a pecan, you're missing out. The grocery store that most consistently has good quality dates at a reasonable price is Trader Joes.

3. James and I adopted Archie, our Italian greyhound x chihuahua mix in 2017 when we were in Oklahoma. This breed is lovingly referred to as a "greyhuahua" by fanatics (like me). I texted James a picture of Archie from an adoption event when he was gone on a work trip and told him I just NEEDED this little dog. The next day I went to the Humane Society to visit with him one more time. We had a dog when James got home (sorry not sorry).

4. Some places I currently want to travel to are Croatia, Greece, Iceland and Italy.

5. I love the smell of books. I spent hours and hours in the library with my grandma as a child. It was one of my favorite places. I wanted to learn to read so badly when I was younger, but I don't read as much anymore. When I do sit down with a good book I can disappear into it for hours. Non-fiction and biographies are my favorites. (Add that to the list of things that perpetuate my "Granny L" nickname)

If you've made it this far through the list, stop by my lasted Instagram post and let me know a fact about yourself!

HOW TO AVOID HAIR BREAKAGE WITH CLEAR ELASTICS AND THE TRICK TO REMOVING THEM


Braid with hair velvet hair scarf

Boho messy braids are trending right now and they are by far mt favorite way to wear my hair. You can find my Pinterest board with tons of gorgeous inspo here. They can spice up the plainest outfits. The common tool with all of those braids- clear hair elastics. Those little suckers are all over my bathroom. They spread like glitter.

MARY BERRY'S LEMON DRIZZLE CAKE- MINI BUNDTS

Mary Berry lemon drizzle mini bundt cakes
Every friend I talk to is obsessed with the Great British Baking show. I am too. If there is a GBBS detox program, I need it but I don't want it. My obsession with the show is real, but my love with dear Mary Berry is even greater. I could talk about her for way too long.

Naturally, I have a whole board on Pinterest dedicated to Mary Berry's recipes. There's just something about their simplicity and the fact that it's all just really good food, nothing too pretentious.

THE CARIBBEAN COURT BOUTIQUE HOTEL- VERO BEACH, FL


After our wedding James and I were lucky enough to stay at one of Vero Beach's hidden gems. The Caribbean Court Boutique Hotel has 18 charming guest rooms that are finished with details like hand-painted tile and original art. The uniqueness of each room lends to the coziness of the property.
The hotel truly is tucked into it's own little Vero paradise with the property covered in tropical greenery and foliage. There is walking access to the beach and a pool on the property. I grew up in Vero Beach and still enjoyed my stay at the hotel. It was a refreshing take on the beach culture of the town. I could relax and enjoy myself while still accessing all of my favorite local cafes and eateries.
There were little lounge areas tucked into every nook of this property. You can't see them unless you really take the time to walk through every archway and green canopy.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT BUYING AND BURNING CANDLES- FROM A CANDLE EXPERT



Today we are digging in to the topic of candles. I had my good friend Amanda from @amandalippeblog give us the details on what you should know before buying your next candle. This is a good one folks. Amanda is a buyer's assistant in the industry, so she is giving us the ins and outs from an expert's point of view.

Q) What should you look for when purchasing candles?

SPRING TRANSITIONAL HOME DECOR- PRESIDENT'S DAY SALE


This post is a roundup of my top 10 home decor items that are on sale today. These pieces are all focused on transitioning your space from winter to spring. Thinks sunset tones and fresh textures. These are truly some of my favorite items and I wish I could put them all in my apartment!



These are pieces that inspired me to deep clean my home today and they are all affordable. Inspiring people is my main goal on this blog, not to sell you things. I am very appreciative when you all shop through my links and it tell me what you all like to see!

Follow me on the LIKEtoKNOW.it app and head to my Instagram stories for discount codes!

MORNING ROUTINE BREAKDOWN- CREATING A PEACEFUL MIND


I am a morning person. I think this habit was created from all the early morning swim practices in high school. Either way, I'm a morning person and the rest of my day relies heavily on the tone I set for myself.

I received quite a few questions from my previous post on increasing productivity without killing creativity, so I thought I'd address them here.

I'm giving a detailed breakdown of my morning routine. These are precious hours when I feel like I get my best work done. I understand not everyone is a morning person, but I'm sharing what works for me.

STYLING COFFEE TABLE BOOKS + WHERE TO GET THEM


I am SO EXCITED for today's topic. My love for coffee table books stems from the hours my grandma spent with me in the library as a child. I love taking in the images and feeling instantly inspired. And the smell of a book, perfection.

Coffee table books are a great addition to add color and texture to your rooms. I find myself admiring a good book when I visit someone's home. They are not only resourceful and inspirational, but they are great conversation starters when the girls are over.

HOW TO INCREASE PRODUCTIVITY WITHOUT KILLING YOUR CREATIVITY


Sometimes I have a hard time focusing when I have a million ideas in my head at once. I think this is the curse of many creative-minded people. I will think about the other smaller tasks the whole time I'm working on something big and important. Because of this, I used to find myself jumping form one task to another and not working as efficiently as I could. If I did make myself batch work and do similar tasks in one sitting, I found my creativity would suffer later on when working on a different type of project.

I have tried a few things over the last year and a half and I'm going to share what has worked for me.

WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN AN APARTMENT AS A FIRST TIME RENTER


This post was born out of the relief I had after spending the first night in our new apartment. We finally have a place we are both comfortable in.

James and I have been renters since college. We have have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of the renting world.

I put together a list to help someone looking for an apartment or house to rent for the first time.

CEREAL MILK LATTE

Southfield, MI 48076, USA


Cereal milk at the end of a morning bowl is something that either grosses you out or sounds like the best part. I'm someone who is secretly going to 100% drink the milk on my way to the kitchen sink when no one's looking. (Not sorry.)

This is a delicious treat that a local coffee shop served up in OKC. Having just moved to Michigan, it was one of the things I missed most about Oklahoma. This shop had the BEST natural lighting on a snowy day.


I know the cereal milk latte did not originate at this shop, but it's the only placed I've been to that has served it. I believe the idea originated with Christina Tosi of Milk Bar.

VALENTINE'S DAY BAR CART STYLING



Think celestial meets feminine meets boho. That's the vibe we're going for today with this Valentine's Day bar cart. Prosecco, metallics, muted mauves and pinks, it's all good stuff.

In this post we are going over a couple tips for styling a bar cart that will overflow with your personality and remain functional.

VALENTINE'S DAY HAIRSTYLE- BUBBLE PONYTAIL


I'll start with a disclaimer: I've never been a huge fan of Valentine's Day. It's just not my thing. With the recent move to Michigan and our wedding coming up, I felt like this year it would be nice to celebrate "us" and appreciate the fact that we are able to live together and be together. We don't have any plans yet, but I'm hoping they include dinner in our new city (hint hint, James).

This hairstyle is one that is easily completed in less than five minutes and can be dressed up or down. That's my speed. I love including different hair accessories depending on the season and this ponytail gives the perfect canvas to do so.

BOHO PILLOWS FOR A SPRING DECOR REFRESH

Don't get me wrong, I LOVE winter. But, there's something special about refreshing your home and preparing for the return of sunshine and color.

One of my favorite ways to do this is by incorporating textured pillows into my decor. I like to pile a mixture of these on couches, in baskets, in bedrooms and in cozy reading nooks. You just can't have too many. (My fiance may disagree, but I don't care. WORTH. IT.)

BOHO ORNAMENT GARLAND

As mentioned before, I went with a more boho look for this holiday season. This project combined my love of texture with a more whimsical look. I only had to buy the ornaments for this piece and the rest of the supplies I already had around the house.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

- plastic iridescent ornaments
- acrylic paint
- work space protector
- twine.
- bells

STEPS

1. Remove ornament caps and add paint.



2. Shake ornaments until paint covers the whole inside. This part can be a little messy. I recommend having paper towels on hand to wipe off fingers or the ornaments. I used plastic ornaments so they were easy to wipe off paint or scrape off paint after dry.


3. Let ornaments dry. This was the make or break step for me. TIP: Make sure to turn ornaments every few seconds so the wet paint does not pool, leaving sides bare.

4. String ornaments on twine or string of your choice. These can get heavy, so make sure your twine is hearty enough.

5. Cluster and group the ornaments to get your desired look. I cluster mine together tightly, but I think next year I will spread them out for a lighter garland look and hang it vertically.
 6. Add bells to ends and secure.

This project added a nice pop of color and texture to my bar cart space. I'm sure I'll be re-configuring this garland for spring!

If you give this project a try, let me know! I'd love to see everyone's rendition of this fun project!