I alternate between needing a lot of friend/social time and a lot of time alone, so oftentimes, a cozy night in is just what I’m craving (preferably on a Friday night–by Saturday, I have a lot more energy and hate sitting still!).
Whether I’m watching a new show, immersed in a book (thrillers are perfect for nights in), or even just scrolling through Pinterest planning my millionth bedroom redo, I love just taking a few hours for myself (with red wine and maybe some dark chocolate, of course!).
A few musts for a night in:
-Cozy loungewear. I’m one of those SUPER weird people who will just stay in jeans/work clothes until it’s time to get ready for bed (I know…). I’ve never come running home ready to change into sweatpants (and I think it’s really just a lazy thing…I’m definitely not wearing my blazer at 8 pm for any particular reason otherwise, haha). Lately I’ve been making more of an effort to shower/put on comfy clothes earlier in the night so that I can still enjoy a few cozy hours of reading/watching tv in bed before it’s time to turn the lights out.
-A drink. Wine, tea, hot chocolate, you name it. If you’re trying to avoid late night snacking, pour yourself a glass of something instead. Plus, if you’re sitting in bed, you won’t have to deal with crumbs and popcorn kernels getting everywhere (although let’s be honest, my bedspread has seen many a wine spill in its day).
-Cozy socks. I’m also one of those weird people who sleeps in socks no matter the season (trust me, I got a lot of comments about this one in college…). But cozy socks (like those fun, fluffy ones) make everything better (I’ve been known to sleep in them for days on end, even in warm weather months…).
-A blanket. I absolutely love my throw blankets and get a ton of use out of them (they’re more than purely decorative!). Head to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx to pick up a soft but inexpensive option.
-A candle. I’m trying not to run through my new Diptqyue so I’ve been alternating between a few different scents at night, and they really do make a difference!
-Minimal phone use. Stop scrolling through Instagram/Facebook/Bumble/work email/cat videos for a minute and put your phone aside while you relax. It’s hard to focus on calming down when constant distractions pop up.
Obviously my essentials aren’t anything groundbreaking, but they work for me! And now I know what I’ll be up to after work…