How To Make a Hotel Room Feel Like Home

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We've been living in our hotel for about 10 days now, and after all the unpacking, the living area still felt a little empty. To remedy that, there were a few things I did to make it feel more cozy and comfortable during our stay. 

DECLUTTER THE HOTEL PARAPHERNALIA 

As soon as we walked into our space, I immediately took all of the hotel flyers and hid them in the bedside drawer. Since I am trying to catch up on rest, I unplugged the alarm clock and put it under the bed because those glowing red numbers are such a distraction from sleep. When I am spending time in the room, my mind is free to wander when it's not faced with mini advertisements and notices on nearly every surface. A bright bouquet of purple tulips, as pictured above, is currently on our dining table and has brought life and beauty in that I subconsciously grin every time they catch my eye. 

UNPACK AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE

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There is nothing worse than living completely out of a suitcase because by the second day, the inside of the suitcase resembles a laundry pile. With some handy travel size counter wipes, clean out the drawers to unpack clothes and personal items. Utilize the closet to line up shoes and hang clothes to release wrinkles. There is something much more civilized about thumbing through hangers of clothes, rather than rummaging through a full suitcase. 

DISPLAY YOUR TOILETRIES

Make the bathroom a little sacred space for your skincare and beauty regimen. Line up your toiletries for easy access. Put your makeup brushes in a coffee mug. Let your signature scent stand out on display. Getting ready is much more efficient when everything is out and ready to use. 

PLAY YOUR FAVORITE BACKGROUND MUSIC 

Music is a mood shifter and the oldest comfort in the world. Play your favorite music while you get ready in the mornings, or as you unwind at night. I always travel with my iPad, but a travel-friendly Bluetooth speaker would also do the trick. 

BRING A FEW PERSONAL ITEMS

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For me, a robe, a journal, essential oils, current books, and my favorite coffee are necessary luxuries that I always travel with. They bring me comfort and help me stick with my daily routine, without sacrificing much space in my luggage. I just listened to a podcast from Jess Lively about her extended travel in Europe. She mentioned that she also brought along a few special items to make every place she traveled have something familiar that put her at ease. I love feeling like I can still have some of the comforts of home with me while I am away. 

What are some of the things you use and cherish daily that could fit in your suitcase? 

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Nicole M. Caruso

I was born in Manhattan to two native New Yorkers who met working in the Garment Industry. Fashion was the family business. Suburban Connecticut is where I grew up and often daydreamed about someday attending New York Fashion Week.

When I was in college studying Communication & Media, I met the man of my dreams. We married nearly one year after our first date, and have been adventuring together ever since. While we moved around the country for his job, I freelanced as a makeup artist, worked in retail, and blogged about style & beauty as a creative outlet. 

Moving back to New York led to serendipitously working for two major fashion houses, where I learned the ins and outs of the industry, and attended Fashion Week both backstage and in the tents. Soon after, Verily Magazine brought me on as Beauty Editor, which was my dream job. It combined all of my passions and hobbies into one, and granted me a deeper understanding of print and digital media. One year after that, I had my daughter and experienced true fulfillment in motherhood. 

Everywhere I have traveled, I have met incredible women who inspired me to be the best version of myself; to wake up every day feeling confident and ready to Carpe Diem. I want to inspire women to explore their feminine genius by investing in their self-worth. This lifestyle blog is the place where I can share my worldview, my experiences, and my tips and tricks to live a more fulfilling life, which include expert style and beauty advice, tips for healthy living, and reflections on marriage and motherhood.