10 Ways to Make Your Hotel Room Feel Like Home

Despite all the fun and fancy hotels we may stay at on our many travels, there’s one thing we can all agree with- they just don’t feel like home. Sure it’s nice to get away, but whenever you’re on the road for a period of time, whether it’s for work or pleasure, sometimes we just miss that comfortable feeling of being in our own familiar space. But don’t let that get in the way of your travels! Instead, why not take a few things with you to not only make you feel at home, but give you your own little place of zen?

1. Candle

One of the quickest ways to make your hotel room your own little spot of familiar zen is to add a delicious scent to the room. How many hotel rooms do you walk into that you immediately recognize how great they smell? Not many. PIck up one of your favorite candles to stuff in your bag, and you’ll soon feel like you’re right at home.

2. Portable Speaker

Our phones are amazing, but they can only do so much when it comes to emitting sound. When you’re hanging out in your hotel room, make sure to bring a long that portable speaker so you’ll be able to relax (or party) like you’re on vacation.

3. Mini Fan

 Ever climbed into your hotel bed, turned out the lights, and found that you’re suddenly surrounded by a deafening silence? If you’re one of those girls that has to have a little white noise in the background, even a little air circulation without the drying blast of ac, a mini fan might be just the thing to make your hotel stay ultra comfortable.

4. Flowers

 You know how placing a vase of fresh flowers in your home instantly brightens the room? Do the same thing in your hotel and you’ll find the room transforms into a sanctuary, not just a foreign space. Buy some flowers from the grocery store, local market, or even pick some on your own. Don’t have a vase? You’ll usually find glasses in the bathroom perfect for your bouquet!

5. Water Filter

Seems like an obvious and practical thing to bring a long, but clean water is something that is so often overlooked. Forget having to stock up on water bottles from the store and instead bring your own water filter you can just fill up and drink right from your hotel sink. No need to run out to the store whenever you’re out!

6. Essential Oils

Sometimes it isn’t that easy to get a full night of sleep when you’re in an unfamiliar bed. Sprinkle a few drops of lavender on your pillow and you’ll find yourself relaxing in your own peaceful dream bed.

7. Robe and Slippers

Forget wrapping yourself in a wet towel or quickly changing into pajamas to get warm. Pull out your own fluffy robe and slippers and you can sit back nice and cozy on your hotel bed just like you’re in your own bedroom back home.

8. Night Light

Don’t find yourself banging into chairs and tables in the middle of the night. When you have your own night light plugged in and ready to go, the soft glow in your room will help you know exactly where you are at all times.

9. Bath Products

If your hotel room has a nice big bathtub, make sure to take advantage of it. Nothing helps you de-stress faster and feel nice and relaxed than a long hot bath. Pack a few bath bombs or bubble bath so you can really take advantage of your new home away from home and jump start a relaxing night of sleep.

10. Comfort Item

Whether it’s your good luck charm you always have with you, a healing crystal that can be placed on your bedside table, or a framed photo of a loved one (because photos on your phone sometimes just don’t have the same effect!), bringing something with you to help bring some balance and positive energy into your temporary new home can make a powerful impact.


Cheat Sheet by Susanna

 

Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films.
When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱 
She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)

Holiday Gift Guide for the Female Traveler

The Oui We Holiday Gift Guide includes some of the best beauty sets, travel journals, road-worthy charger kits, and even backpacks for our fashion forward travelers too. Read on for the perfect list for the wanderluster travelista. 

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Cheat Sheet by Susanna

Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films.
When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱 
She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)

Quick Bohemian Home Decor

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This week our Nashville home will be featured in one of my seriously all time favorite interiors & home decor magazines. Ouiiiii! I spent weeks and weeks preparing for that photoshoot and today we're sharing tips on how to boho up your own space. I'll be sharing a behind the scenes tour of our home soon (and that feature as soon as it's out) and in the meantime I enlisted Susanna to put together a quick tip sheet to show you guys how to add a little boho flair to your own home.

What is it about walking into a friend’s gorgeous bohemian style house, or getting lost in the stunning imagery of those fascinating homes on instagram that really makes us want to capture a little of that boho spark for ourselves? A boho atmosphere is dreamy, carefree, and wildly magical. It’s the kind of dwelling where you feel your creativity come alive, surrounded in your peaceful, artist sanctuary.

Here are a few tips on creating some boho magic in your own home - or adding to the bohemian style you’re already building.

String Lights

For an instant boho magical feel, try adding some string lights to a room (or two!) in your house. Whether they’re tiny wire fairy lights, or larger edison bulbs, when these lights are twinkling at night, you’ll instantly feel like you’re in your own fantasy world.

Patterns/Colors

The great thing about a boho style is you can mix and match colors and patterns. This is one style where you don’t have to coordinate. In fact, the more colors, the more brilliant your home will shine. Throw a bunch of patterned pillows and large comfy blankets together and nestle down with your friends - or relax alone and let your imagination run wild!

Plants

When you fill your home with plants, not only does this already give you a wildchild look, but being in tune with nature, watching your “babies” grow, can bring such peace to your home. Some great houseplants to start out with include english ivy (perfect for creating clean air!), spider plant, aloe vera, various succulents, air plants, etc. Gather together some colorful decorative pots, and you’ve got an interesting boho element going on.

Record Player

Your phone and Alexa provide music at your fingertips, but there’s something extra special about the vintage charm of record players. They add a fun, different look to your home, and collecting records is an exciting hobby on its own. So turn on your string lights, sit back on that couch full of colorful pillows, and enjoy the unique experience that only a record player can truly bring.

Objects from Nature

Sometimes, some of the best touches to your boho home are free. Connect with nature and bring a little of that spirit inside with you. Some shells from your trip to the beach on your nightstand, dried flowers in a vase, a collection of unique rocks, that perfect piece of driftwood...keep your eyes open on your next outdoor adventure and you just might find a new decoration or two.

Lanterns

Upgrade your candles with a few worldly lanterns and watch your rooms glow from various tables and shelves.

Unique Wall Art

Dream catchers, macrame art, travel maps - anything that catches your eye is sure to always have you feeling happy and free spirited each time you look at them. Think of your bohemian decor as if each element serves to tell a story.


Travel Souvenirs

Most importantly, every boho girl knows that some of her most valuable decorations are her treasures picked up on travels. Each place you go, grab something special that speaks to you. That way, everywhere you look in your home, you’ll be surrounded by beautiful memories.


Cheat Sheet by Susanna

Susanna Williams is a creative writer in a variety of media. Spending years in the independent film industry in Los Angeles, she worked in screenwriting before becoming a distributor of festival winning films.
When she's not working with her start up production company in New Orleans, she writes fiction and raises orphaned baby wildlife. 🐒🐻🐱 
She's a huge travel enthusiast with a love for art, fashion, and beauty. (p.s. she wore baby blue velvet booties to her ouiwegirl.com interview. so between that and the baby animal love, clearly, she wins at life.)

Mystical Reading List

Lately I find that just about anytime I sit down with friends for a leisurely hang out (and a few rounds of summer water) eventually the conversation turns to some sort of witchy mysticism. Okay in all honestly, it usually starts with a conversation about what's happening on instagram, then goes to a convo about what's happening in our current skin care routines and then after the 2nd or 3rd drink it goes to the writers, poets & musicians that are taking our magical thinking a little higher. 

And, since it's summer time and I'm pretty sure half of us have at least one more beach weekend or lake day left in us before fall comes (especially for us girls in the South, we've got months left really) I've put together a quick little reading list to round out your summer.

In truth, every book on this list is on my "must read all the time" list, not just for the summer - these are the tried and true books that keep my head in check when I go a little astray in my thinking and then there's a few new goodies that are quickly make their way into that list.

My sister, btw, after a night of summer drinking with her friends bought like 10 copies (on my Prime account) of #6. She bought them to give to each of her housemates and late night friends and then texted me at 2 a.m. to tell me so (she put her cc # in my Prime account if you're wondering) ... anyways it's kinda the type of book that's so good to read with your besties. The next day she asked what else is on my reading list. It was the second time in a few days I'd given out that list so I figured if she wanted it, you might too - and although you might do your book buying while sober, adding to your mystical reading collection during regular daylight hours or after a boozy night with your best people is kind of never a bad idea. 

Wanderfully yours,

Andi

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5 Goodies for a Full Moon Slumber Party

Tomorrow night there's a Full Moon in Capricorn.

You all know I follow the moon cycles closely, and I love creating little rituals and celebrations around each coming full moon. 

If you've been following along on our Astrology updates from Mackenzie you know that this Cancer moon cycle has been about exploring our inner self and diving into our natural instincts. To connect a bit further with our inner child and because, hey, it seems everyone is doing it we're giving you 5 things to make your own full moon slumber party extra festive! 

Plan an impromptu one this weekend or save this cheat sheet for next month's Solar Eclipse or any time you want to have your best girls (& guys) over for the night!

Full Moon Slumber Party

1. Flower Crowns

Stating the obvious on this one however making your own with fresh flowers is a divinely feminine & fun slumber party activity or pick up a few from your favorite boho etsy shop. 

2. Floral Prints

Floral prints are truly blossoming this summer, so have your pick! Brighten up your summer style with a floral patterned shirt, shorts or swimsuit. You can also freshen up your summer party with floral decor - my recommendation: go to Trader Joe's and load up on whatever they've got in the flower aisle, well priced and the prettiest options! 

3. Popsicle Cocktails

Keep the party swingingly cool with frozen booze. The recipes in this book are all  premium alcohol, fresh fruits, and natural ingredients. Healthy drinking, am I right?

4. Bubble Wands

Bubble wands are the best way to add charm and magic to your summer party. They help to enhance the environment and allow for some pretty wondrous Instagram pictures (so make sure to have your phone charged, and film in your Instax).

5. Hair Beads & Face Paint

Hair beading is a perfect slumber party activity (and did you guys ever do hair wraps on beach vacations when you were like 10?). Plus face painting, from color to glitter, will add a little sparkly magic! 

Have fun out there full moon dancing you guys. Here's a few more things I'm loving for any slumber party. 

5 Summer Beauty Must Haves

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After spending quite a few of my most recent days beaching or desert dwelling in my favorite swimwear I figured it was high time to share a little cheat sheet round up of the things making my beauty bag cheer YAYYYY as I'm traveling from destination to destination. 

For the record, I was always of the mind set that a bikini, tanning oil (GASP) and the rosiest of lip balms was all a beach bag really needed, but those days have changed a bit. Besides a solid SPF of course, lately I've been kinda swooning over a few other things. I'm loving all the one pieces out there and living for natural self tanners and body scrubs to keep my skin sparkly. 

So here we are, a summer must have cheat sheet to get you beach ready!

Summer Must Haves

1. Bali Body Golden Traveler

Billed as a package featuring "a creamy Luxe Lotion, a Moisturising Sunscreen, the tanning oil you love, and a BB Cream in your favorite shade" and packaged in the cutest travel pouch, I actually can't think of the a better beach kit. Pick from watermelon, cacao or natural tanning & body oil then pick the BB cream shade best suited to your skin.

2. Boys + Arrow One Piece  

A great bathing suit that I feel confident in is major. The retro fitting styles with high waist bottoms and cool one pieces this season are all chic and flattering to any body type. I've been working with a swimwear company in Florida that introduced me to this brand and I'm seriously obsessed.

3. Frank Body Products, in particular the shimmer body scrub!

Frank Body offers a ton of unique exfoliating coffee scrubs that help with acne scars while preventing cellulite and elevate natural glowing skin. The unicorn scrub exfoliates & leaves skin with a shimmering glow. And, honestly, unicorn everything is wayyyyy on trend.

4. Matrix Style Sunnies

A new pair of sunnies always make me feel cool and are necessary for the summer sun! Think early 90s vibes, and smaller lensed shades & cat eyes.

5. Smile Brilliant Whitening Kit

I mentioned this good stuff a few months back and honestly, a bright smile will have you feeling fully your best... add a little bronze glow, with a swipe of a rose tinted balm and you'll need nothing else. 

What's on your summer beauty list lovelies? 

Here's a few other things I'm loving.

 

Wanderfully yours,

Andi