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Recently I had a few friends attend a wedding in Santa Barbara. We talked about what they would wear at our gatherings and dinner parties. I wasn’t on the guestlist but was able to live vicariously through them.  They shared their dress ideas with me, which led to many hours of browsing the internet for the perfect dress. It made me realize that wedding guests have a lot of prep to do. If you don’t own any formal attire, then that means it is time to start shopping for a new look. The shopping process can be overwhelming for those who don’t love to shop. I’m exhausted and didn’t even attend the wedding!

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Another gift guide is here during this hectic holiday season – today’s guide is all about tech! It’s Cyber Monday and what better holiday guide to have than a one all about tech gadgets? Grab these gifts for the techie in you life. Feel free to even use this Cyber Monday to treat yourself! Grab that air-fryer you have been dying to add to your kitchen, or a new desktop for your home office.

Not sure where to start? Shop all things Apple for the techie who is always on trend. And don’t forget to spoil the gamers in your life to add to their collection. From kitchen gadgets to office or recreational, we have covered it all. Follow along below to shop and gift one of these amazing 37 tech items!

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This Mediterranean living room will bring you back to medieval times. I’ve always loved castles and old architecture. When I came across this living room on Instagram, I knew I needed to do a deep dive on this home. The gorgeous structure was designed by architect, Ryan Street. The design team drew inspiration from Spain and France. Their goal was to combine medieval architecture with modern designs. The details and finishes consist of, steel windows, stone walls, and large wooden beams. Believe it or not, this home is actually located in Texas.

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After a long day of Zoom calls with my Chirpyest team, I finally had time to browse through all of the early Black Friday sales. I noticed that a lot of brands are calling it “Cyber Week” instead. Do you like that better than Black Friday and Cyber Monday? As long as I get a good sale then I don’t care what they call it.

Since I’m hosting Thanksgiving, I probably won’t have any time to sit down and shop until Friday. I have a few things in my cart, but I’m not sure if I’m ready to make the purchase just yet. I want to add to my sweater collection for the winter season. I’ve found cute sweaters from Tory Burch, Splendid, MyTheresa, and Everlane. I pulled some of my favorite picks from some of my favorite brands listed below. Add the Chirpyest browser extension to save up to 30% cash back from all of the brands listed below. Happy shopping and saving!

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For the last six months, I’ve been working out at StrongHouse Fitness, which is a black-owned gym in Los Angeles. I wanted to shed some of my quarantine lbs and just get into better overall shape. It became a daily therapeutic activity. I actually really enjoy going. Working out helps keep you energized and motivated. And I always enjoy buying new fitness apparel. My trainer has given me the nickname “COCO Ninja”….LOL. My goal is to be consistent with my workouts throughout the new year too.

Today’s holiday guide is for all you fitness buffs out there. Or for those of you who plan on working out more come the new year. The COCOCOZY team has prepared a strong list of workout essentials. We have covered it all with 62 items to choose from. Shop for apparel that is both comfortable and fashionable from brands like Lululemon, Athleta, Nike, and more!

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I’m so excited to share that I have a new collection with Capel Rugs coming soon. Some of you already know that I have collaborated with the Capel Rugs team before. I really enjoy working with Cameron and her team. This collection includes new COCOCOZY textiles and designs with a modern twist. I wanted this collection to be able to be styled in any room. There are four rug patterns included: Cobblestone, Escape, Happy Day, and Pulse. The collection will be available in March 2022.

The collection was displayed at High Point Market back in October. It was my first time seeing the collection in person. Not to be biased…they’re so beautiful! I would recommend placing your orders now if you’re thinking about buying one. They will sell out quickly once they are available in March. Take a look at the collection below!

The holiday sale ends December 1st.

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Just in case you missed it, I was featured in Rue Magazine’s Fall 2021 Issue. I wanted to share some behind the scene shots from the photoshoot at my home. In August, a photographer came over, and he photographed my upper patio, primary bedroom, and my breakfast nook. It was a really fun experience. The hardest part was finding an outfit to wear. I wasn’t sure what kind of look I should wear. As you can see, I ended up choosing a pink floral Zimmermann dress. It was a perfect choice and I’m so happy with the way it turned out.

Pick up the October issue now! Click here to find a copy near you.

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Take a look inside AD100 designer Sheila Bridge’s recent project. A large estate set on 23 acres in Bedford Hills, New York. With making each zone their own cozy space, Bridges added touches of the 1930’s throughout the estate. The designer explained that research is always the start for her design process. While striving to create livable spaces, Sheila wanted to keep the core elegant spirit intact.

With 30 years experience in designing, she tries “not use the same thing twice” when it comes to her interiors. See how she does just that in this elegant countryside estate below.

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It’s time to focus on the women in your life for the holidays. Shopping for a mother, daughter, sister, aunt, friend or co-worker?  Well I am.  I’m currently looking for the perfect gifts for my mom, sister, my aunt and some cousins and friends. I won’t say what I’m getting them since they read my blog LOL. I know how overwhelming holiday shopping can be, which is why I wanted to create a holiday guide. It has everything from luxury fashion finds to gourmet sweets. And I have even included luxury artisan hand poured candles (small and large) from the COCOCOZY x etuHome collection. A little something for everyone. I even selected some must-have home decor. They will compliment every room. A thoughtful gift will lift anyone’s holiday spirit. Shop my luxury holiday gift guide “for her” below.

 

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A few months ago, on Instagram Live, I toured the iconic Beverly House, also known as The Hearst Estate. I’ve driven past this gorgeous structure hundreds of times. And I always wondered what it looked like on the inside. Then I saw a line of people on the property and realized they were having an estate sale. I immediately texted my friend, who I was on the way of meeting, telling her the change of plans. After paying the $20 fee, we were in! I decided to go live on Instagram, because I knew my followers would enjoy a mansion tour. Originally, I wanted it to be a graceful and elegant tour. Of course, it turned into a comedy thriller, because people kept following me and telling me to stop filming. I didn’t listen and kept running to the next room. Take a look inside the gorgeous house that I toured (and almost got asked to leave) below.

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I’m so excited to announce that Rue Magazine recently featured the COCOCOZY x etúHOME collection in their Fall 2021 Issue! Their team interviewed me about my story as a design blogger, the process of making the COCOCOZY x etúHOME collection, and my new company Chirpyest! It has been a wild journey since leaving my senior-level job as a television executive two years ago, but this is just the beginning. Stay tuned for so much more!

Rue Magazine features interior design inspiration, home tours, and decorating tips. Pick up the October issue now! Click here to find a copy near you.

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It’s time for another New York City apartment tour. Natasha Nyanin, a creative consultant, travel expert, and freelance writer, gave Architectural Digest an inside look at her eclectic apartment. It features high ceilings, a lot of natural light, and a mid-century aesthetic that will leave you envious. The Upper West Side apartment features bold decor and vibrant art. The decor has been inspired by her worldly travels. With the help of her interior designer friend, Nina Blair, they created an effortlessly beautiful space.

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I have an early holiday gift for you from Chirpyest.  For a limited window, we are giving everyone who uses Chirpyest double cash back from over 800 retailers.  Yup.

Chirpyest is a shopping tool that helps get you cash back on your purchases from hundreds of retailers.  Chirpyest also gives you money for sharing product recommendations too.  Our mission is to get women the recognition and money they deserve.

For those of you who hadn’t heard, I started another company named Chirpyest. Without any experience, for two years, I worked with software developers to build the Chirpyest platform. Just this summer we launched the site’s prototype and it works!!!  (still a work in progress for sure…) For those of you who joined early this year, and found a glitchy website and browser extension, we were testing then and it wasn’t pretty.  Now things have changed…we did it…Chirpyest now works and we are getting cash back for users everyday.  So try again please!!!

Many of you still might be confused on what Chirpyest is and how to use it. Well, DIY blogger Orly Shani made this easy “how Chirpyest works” video…watch the video.  Then you’ll understand why double cash back is a big holiday gift for you! (BTW, My mom, cousin and friend Nicole all said Orly does a better job of explaining Chirpyest than I do…they may be right!).

Orly’s “what is Chirpyest? video” is next (it is in her video on how to transform a jean jacket into a fab new trend)….

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If your family is anything like mine, then they’re always gathered around in the kitchen for Thanksgiving. It doesn’t matter the occasion. I always try to create a beautiful tablescape to host my guests, but they somehow always end up in the kitchen. Does this happen to anyone else? It makes sense since a kitchen is the heart of the home. And it’s also where the food is…LOL.

I’m starting to prep for Thanksgiving. I’ve been looking for tablescape essentials, home decor, and last-minute kitchen accessories. I was thinking about setting up a coffee, espresso, and tea bar in the kitchen. People always enjoy a treat after dinner. Personally, I love a warm cup of tea at night. It’s the perfect way to end my day. While shopping for myself, I’ve gathered some Thanksgiving essentials for all of you.

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Does anyone else think dining rooms deserve more praise when it comes to interior design? While scrolling on Instagram, I always come across beautiful kitchens and unique living rooms. Kitchens usually get the most likes on social media. However, dining rooms can be just as beautiful. Anthology Interiors designed this gorgeous bohemian dining room. The team kept the decor very minimal, but everything has a purpose. The green throw pillows complement the botanicals and plants around the room. While the two lighting fixtures are the main stars. I was able to find a few similar ones at Arhaus. The wall art matches the off-white colored walls. I love this technique because it adds texture without being too bold.

 

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The art of making a fantastic show or movie isn’t just about great characters. It needs an iconic setting. Whether that is in an apartment with six friends or inside an old mysterious mansion. A movie or tv show will have a lasting impression if the character’s home is memorable. I recently toured one of my personal favorites, the Beverly House that was featured in The Bodyguard. It is a Spanish Colonial Revival with a gorgeous garden and pool. It was a cool experience to tour an iconic location. It was also hectic because I kept being asked to stop taking videos of the house. I couldn’t resist! I highly recommend going on tours of famous homes from movies and tv shows. Just be more discreet with your phone than I was.

The photo above is known as the Wollaton Hall located in England. Several movies have filmed on location including The Dark Knight Rises and Netflix’s Princess Switch. Wollaton Hall was built by Sir Francis Willoughby between 1580 and 1588. The hall is also the host for the Natural History Museum.

Check out my other blog to get a tour of the Beverly House.

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