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 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?