As quarantine persists and we continue to get comfy with spending lots of time at home, I’ve been seeking ways to refresh the feel of my room. Taking classes, relaxing, interviewing and exercising all in one space has completely changed how I view my environment. I live with three other girls who are seniors in college and we all rely on our bedrooms as our safe space. Here are a few things I’ve implemented into weekend routines when I want my bedroom to feel like I’m traveling to a tropical location and staying in a hotel. Hopefully this provides inspiration when you feel like doing the same!
1. Provide Your Own Hotel Robe & Slippers
I know for many people the most exciting part of a hotel stay is the robe and slippers you find in the closet. Why not provide your own and just pretend you stole them from a resort?!
Here are $24 slippers I’ve purchased from Amazon that I’m a huge fan of. There are lots of colors to choose from, but I purchased the color Beige. While they are not the highest quality slippers I’ve ever put my feet in, I must say I am impressed with the product for it only costing just over $20. They are fluffy, comfy, fit well and overall put me in a “no worries” headspace similar to that of staying in a fun hotel.
As far as a robe goes, there are a million options at a variety of price ranges and you really can’t go wrong. Here is a $30 robe from Amazon that has 4.6/5 stars with over 2,500 reviews… plus it looks cozy and comes in a couple different size options. Unfortunately, a box of chocolates is not included.
2. Draw an Extra Fancy Bath
This might just be me and my sister, but we love taking frou-frou baths when staying at a hotel, even though we never take baths at home. I’ve made it a priority to incorporate a fun bath into my nighttime routine every now and then and it never fails to uplift my mood and provide maximum relaxation. Watching a movie, wearing a face mask, reading a book or even getting caught up on social media becomes five times more enjoyable while in a bath. Here are a couple items you can use to turn your bath from blah to ahhh.
First is a $25 bath pillow that supports your head, neck and back. This is so extra but I love the idea and am going to buy this immediately.
Next up, only $14 for a suction shower/bath wine glass holder?? That sounds like a steal to me.
Now what’s a bath without the bubbles? Bath bombs, bath salts and bubble bath are necessary- no ifs, ands, or buts. I’m a sucker for anything lavender scented, and an outrageous bath bomb can be an exciting addition too. There are many options for sources of bath bubbles and you simply can’t go wrong with whatever you choose.
Last but not least, you’ll need a fun scrub to exfoliate your skin. I recently bought my roommate the Tree Hut Shea Sugar Scrub in the scent Coco Colada and I am obsessed with how it smells. She has told me she loves it and will definitely purchase another when it runs out. Tree Hut has a ton of scents and I’ll bet they are all incredible and would be fabulous finishing touches to your dream bath experience.
3. Lather on Lotion That Transports You to the Hotel Spa
If you know me, you know I’m a lotion fanatic. I have to have hand and body lotion on me at all times because I hateeeee feeling dry. Because of this, I’ve found a few that are must-haves when wanting to moisturize and feel relaxed at the same time.
This lotion is my absolute holy grail and I will never go a day of my life without it. I know that sounds dramatic but when I say I’m obsessed, I mean it. It is such a random find because it is from the brand Flamingo, which sells razors and shaving cream, and it’s also only $8 for a 10 fl oz bottle that lasts for quite a while. I did not know what to expect because the scent is White Willowbark, which doesn’t mean anything to me tbh. But after smelling and using it just once, I knew I’d be hooked forever. It truly smells like the L’Auberge Del Mar Resort, which is one of my all-time favorite places to stay. I feel like a fancy and successful surfer girl when I use it, and I just can’t describe the scent any other way. Point of the story is it’s 100% worth the buy.
Next is the Pumpkin Body Butter from Trader Joe’s. This is a recent find that fuels my fall obsession and lotion obsession at the same time. I had low expectations for the product but am truly impressed. It is vegan, made with coconut oil and pumpkin seed oil, and has a very subtle warm and comforting scent. I usually steer clear of body butters because they tend to be way too thick, oily and don’t absorb well into my skin. But I have been using this product for a few weeks and have zero complaints. I am a big fan!
Lastly, I can’t write a section about lotions without mentioning the incredible Sol De Janeiro Coco Cabana Cream. I am personally not a fan of how their signature Brazilian Bum Bum Cream smells, but I would take a bullet for the Coco Cabana Cream any day. The scent is what all my boujee, California yacht-sailing dreams are made of and I can’t get enough. It is definitely more of a summer product, but I love it so much that I will be using it year-round when I want to feel like I am taking a tropical vacay and staying in the world’s finest resort.
4. Spritz a Little (or a lot) of Linen and Room Spray
A couple years ago, I discovered aromatherapy sleep spray when perusing the aisles of Target like I love to do. I came across the Nature’s Truth sleep spray for tranquility and have been using it ever since. It has a light lavender scent and can be used as a pillow spray or for meditation. Either way, this spray is an incredible blend of essential oils that lifts my mood and puts me right to sleep.
In the most recent sale at Anthropologie, I came across the Lavender Cashmere Linen and Room Spray from their Day’s Last Light collection. One sniff of the scent and I immediately added it to my shopping basket, no hesitation. There is no way to describe the elegance of this scent in a way that will do it justice. Lavender cashmere is honestly a really good description though. It smells so delightfully light and sophisticated that you purposefully shove your nose into your pillows and blankets just so you can really soak it all in. Nothing makes me feel more relaxed and put together than a few spritzes of this linen and room spray. It has quickly become a nightly essential. Plus, the packaging looks so cute and is a great addition to the decor on my nightstand. I cannot recommend this item enough!
5. Put on a Fun Pair of PJ’s
Listen, I like wearing sweatpants and a big shirt to bed more than anyone. But there is something exciting about putting on a cute pajama set that’s been shoved to the back of your drawer because it’s reserved for slumber parties (or frat themed PJ parties, let’s be real). If you really want to go out of your way to feel like London Tipton living in a hotel, pull out the cute pajama set and get snuggled into your sheets.
6. Set the Mood with Candles and Dimmed Lighting
An important piece of this imaginary hotel stay is the mood lighting. How could one be relaxed with harsh, bright lights around them? In addition to the glow of your TV screen as you watch a movie that you luckily won’t be billed $20 for, candles and soft lamps are a must. If you have lamps but never use them, now is the time! Put those babies to work! And in regard to candles, this can be a very controversial topic. I am lover of all candle brands and purchase a new candle almost every time I shop. Anthropologie candles are definitely up there on my list (how can you say no to the iconic Volcano candle?!), but I physically cannot pass up a Bath and Body works candle sale. Because of this, I have tons of candles stored in my closet and look forward to lighting them all over my bedroom and bathroom when I’m having a relaxing self-care evening. Whether it’s from Anthropologie, Target, Bath and Body Works or somewhere as fancy as Le Labo, a candle that can provide a flame and enjoyable scent is an incredible candle in my book. Do what you think is best in order to set the mood and feel right at home, but in a hotel kind of way.
7. Pour Some Wine and Make Some Popcorn
Unfortunately, you won’t have room service at home (unless you bribe a roommate or family member to make it happen) but you can always act like you’ve raided the hotel room mini bar for wine and snacks, this will just be much cheaper than the real thing. Personally, I’m a sucker for sweet wines (I know they’re just glorified apple juices but I dont wanna hear it) and Sutter Home Moscato hits every time. Plus, they come in the CUTEST mini bottles that equate to a perfect wine glass pour and you don’t need to cork a bottle afterwards. As far as popcorn, chips and candy go, let your imagination run wild. Why not, you’re on vacation! And everyone knows calories don’t count on vacation 😉
Thank you SO much for reading my post about how you can turn your bedroom into the hotel stay of your quarantine dreams. If you have any other suggestions, please leave them in the comments on this post! It would be so fun if we all shared inspo with each other. ILY and talk to you in the next post!!
XO, Giuliana Loren