The end of the summer means it’s time to book a last-minute getaway. But before you empty your bank account to fly overseas, the COCOCOZY team is going to share their tips to save money before you travel. There are many new hotels to try and new cities to explore. A weekend getaway in a charming small time is always the perfect trip. Or maybe a twelve-day adventure in Europe is exactly what you need before the fall season? Before you book the trip, there’s always a trick to not having to pay full price. See our top tips below.
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Hi everyone, Colette is starting a team takeover on her blog to share some of our favorite topics! My name is Bianca and I am the Marketing Assistant at COCOCOZY/Chirpyest. I am taking over today to share with you one of my favorite travel destinations – the south of Spain! I stayed in Seville, Spain for a month while studying abroad in college. This city in southern Spain is full of rich culture and history. While there I also got to visit other cities such as Granada and Cádiz.
Known for their delicious sangria, flamenco dancing, and the hot heat – I am going to be sharing with you some of my favorite places to visit in the south of Spain.
Paris is a wonderful city for the summer months. There is an endless amount of culture and beautiful architecture. Paris is the best city to explore and discover something new. As most of you know, Paris is one of my favorite places to visit. My mom spends a few months in Paris every year. We recently stayed at an apartment owned by my friends, Anne Marie Midy and Jorge Almada, owners of the furniture house Casamidy. I’m still dreaming about it.
Paris is the best place to escape. There is so much history and art. The French architecture is beautiful. And of course, there is nothing like shopping in Paris. If you’re looking to plan your next trip, then see my list of the best summer rentals and hotels in Paris.
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What does your beach bag say about you? A successful beach trip requires more than just the right destination. If you’re going to have a fun day at the beach, then you will need all of the essentials. There’s nothing worse than forgetting something and not realizing it until it’s too late. That’s why the COCOCOZY team is going to teach you how to pack your beach bag for maximum fun this summer.
The best time to visit Paris is in the late spring. Paris is covered in flowers–pale pinks and purples that create an enchanting atmosphere. It almost feels like you’re in a fairytale. While in Paris, I came across this restaurant that was covered in wisteria. Its full bloom only lasts a few weeks, but I found a few vines that started to bloom. The best time to see wisteria at its peak is from late April to early May. Wisteria is known to be a very fragrant flower. It’s almost hard to miss.
During my trip to Paris, I had a lovely dinner at Ralph’s. The restaurant is located in the 6th arrondissement of Paris. It’s considered to be the heart of Paris because it is the home of the Saint-Germain-des-Prés quartier and the Luxembourg Gardens. The charming streets in the 6th arrondissement have shops, cafes, and restaurants that are a must while visiting Paris. See more details about my dinner at Ralph’s below and some dinnerware inspired by Paris.
During a beautiful day in Paris, I stopped to enjoy the view from this dreamy Parisian balcony. I had a busy schedule ahead. My mom and I walked around to go sightseeing. It was my mission to get some great shots of French architecture. My camera roll is full of French art and historic exteriors. I’ll be sharing those soon. This blog is all about this gorgeous balcony!
If you didn’t know already, balconies are very popular throughout the city of Paris. French architecture has incorporated balconies to enhance exteriors. It adds flair while maintaining the elegance of Paris. I love the option of sipping my tea on a balcony every morning. Parisian apartments are on the smaller side so it’s nice to have functional outdoor space.
Happened upon this beautiful East Hamptons nursery a while ago. It’s been sitting in my camera roll and I thought now was the perfect time to share it. A charming nursery that features an endless selection of flowers and greenery that changes by the season. The above photo shows a sitting area that’s in the middle of the space. A cozy area surrounded by greenery. I thought I had a lot of plants in my courtyard, but now I want to add even more. Always check out a local nursery in your town for fresh flowers. The staff is always so knowledgeable.
If you follow me on Instagram ( @COCOCOZY) then you would know that I recently went on a trip. I didn’t say where…until now! I went to France with my mom. We traveled all over France. I even visited the south of France for the first time. There’s something about European architecture that makes me so inspired. Everything from the ornate exteriors, the elegant foyers, and the historic art pieces are every design enthusiast’s dream. There are always new places to visit, new cafes to try, and fabulous restaurants to dine. Be prepared for a lot of French content these coming weeks.
There’s nothing wrong with treating yourself to a designer essential (or maybe two). A new season will be here before you know it, which means it’s time to shop summer must-haves. I’ve browsed numerous sites and researched with the COCOCOZY & Chirpyest team to find the trending items for summer to splurge! We included home decor, fashion, and travel items. Check out our picks below.
Some of you might be prepping for a spring break trip. I’ve been traveling a bit these last few months. I’ll be going on another trip with my family soon, which I’m so excited about. During my birthday weekend last month, I stayed at the Colony Palms with my sister and mother. It was such a nice and relaxing trip.
After a few years stuck at home, it has been nice traveling again. A nice change of scenery is necessary. Below are some of my traveling essentials!
It’s always a popular time to travel during the holiday season. And honestly who doesn’t love a nice vacation! Whether it’s a trip somewhere warm or a long weekend at your favorite ski resort, a vacation is what we all need right now. A few years ago I traveled to Washington D.C. during the holiday season. It’s a fun experience to visit cities that are covered in twinkly lights. It gets you in the holiday spirit. I put together a guide of the Top 15 places to travel this season. It features places that I’ve visited and a few dream destinations. I’ll be home for Christmas this year, which will be lovely. However, if you’re looking for a last-minute getaway then hopefully this guide leaves you inspired.
I’ve been looking up fun outdoor activities for fall. Recently, I started working out again with a great personal trainer. Some of you have probably seen my workouts on my Instagram stories. Really enjoying the weight training. On off days, I go for a walk up Runyon Canyon here in L.A. I have never been a huge hiker or camper but thought it might be nice to mix things up on the workout with some real outdoorsy options. So I started thinking about other outdoor physical activities that I can do. Then it dawned on me. Fly fishing. No. Rock climbing. No. Moutaineering. No. Trekking. No. Moountain biking. No. What about glamping?
What is Glamping?
Glamping is a combination of the words “glamorous” and “camping.” It is the perfect balance of modern luxury and camping – with no physical exertion required (my trainer would be disappointed in me for celebrating inertia). For those who don’t love the idea of being out in nature, glamping might be the right option for you. There are many different places to glamp across the USA. Popular locations include Colorado, Vermont, California, and New York. Grab your closest group of girlfriends and plan a fun weekend getaway. Step outside and enjoy nature with a modern twist.
As we slowly re-enter the traveling world, be sure to pack everything you need on your next trip. We know for most it has been a while, so the COCOCOZY team has curated 6 travel essentials you will need to take to your next destination. Whether you are having a staycation or taking it international. You all will need these essential travel items no matter the destination. Once you decide on how many outfits and shoes you need to overpack, don’t forget these travel essential items to your checklist.
Check out the Chirpyest blog: Top 11 Destinations to Travel to on Your Next Trip
While scrolling through Instagram, I came across this gorgeous French farmhouse located in Provence, France. This 18th century structure is so inspirational. Who wouldn’t want to travel here for a summer vacation? I miss traveling and exploring new places.
The buildings were renovated by Alexandre Lafourcade. And the landscaping was designed by Dominique Lafourcade. The main house is 13,000 square feet with seven bedrooms. The buildings were restored to feature both traditional Provence style and modern luxury. I’m in love with the architecture and thought I should share it with all of you.
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Maison de la Luz is an incredible New Orleans hotel. It’s equal parts quirky, bold, and luxurious. It’s hard to believe that this space had a complete renovation. Atelier Ace took charge of rehabilitation while Studio Shamshiri tackled design. Exploring this hotel is a treat! Such a breathtaking blend of styles, colors, and patterns.