How to Have the Ultimate Cozy Night In: 6 Essentials for an Indulgent Evening at Home

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As much as I love to go out and do things, the past few months have made me realize how much I appreciate being at home. I’ve really grown to enjoy the act of slowing down, cuddling up on the couch in my favorite loungewear, and having an indulgent, leisurely night alone.

I work really, really hard, but I also take my relaxation and self-care very seriously—which is why I decided to put together a list of ideas for how to have the ultimate cozy night in.

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Whether you’re flying solo, spending time with a significant other, or putting together the ultimate cozy night in gift basket for a girlfriend, this list of ideas should help spark some inspiration. I hope you find it helpful!

1. The softest, coziest loungewear set.

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This set from Summersalt is my cozy night in uniform. Use code LINDSAY10 for $10 off.

Let’s start with the most essential aspect to a cozy night in: the outfit.

If you’re not comfortable, it’s hard to truly unwind.

I would be remiss if I didn’t tell you about the lounge sets from Summersalt, which is a brand I have adored for years. The pieces I have from them are literally called “the coziest cashmere blend jogger” and “the luxe cashmere blend funnel neck sweater.

[Thank you to Summersalt for sponsoring this post!]

Summersalt Promo Code: Use code LINDSAY10 for $10 toward your Summersalt purchase.

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how to have the ultimate cozy night in
I’m wearing the joggers in a size small, and the turtleneck in a size small.

A few things I love about these pieces: they come in a bunch of different colors, so you can wear them as a set, or mix and match.

Because they’re a cashmere blend, they’re warm but still lightweight.

They also make for an AMAZING gift.

When I was home for Thanksgiving, my mom commented on how insanely soft my set outfit was, so I had her try mine on and she loved it. (I’m going to buy her a set of her own for Christmas!)

If you’re not into cashmere, they also make plush fleeces, cozy crew necks, and terry pullovers. (I have my eye on this new tie-dye terry set!)

2. Stock up on some seriously fancy snacks.

If you’re looking to elevate your “cozy night in” experience, you might consider upgrading your snack selection.

I’m all for a bag of basic BBQ chips from the grocery store, but when I’m feeling particularly bougie, I stock up on fancy things: think Compartes chocolate bars, Dada mixed nuts, Sugarfina candy, and Behave gummy bears.

3. Apply a hair mask.

To really kick off your cozy night in, take a hot shower, cover yourself in your favorite body cream or CBD balm, and apply your favorite hair mask/leave-in conditioner.

Run a wide-toothed comb through your hair to evenly distribute the product, and then put your hair in a bun or loose braid.

I like to use a silk scrunchie as I find it to be the most gentle on my hair.

4. Light a fancy candle.

Of course, I’m partial to Hotel Lobby Candle (the brand I launched a few months ago!) because it truly evokes the feeling of being in a five-star hotel lobby.

But truthfully, any candle will do. Dim your lights, grab a plush blanket and light your candle. Yes, even the “nice” ones that you planned on saving for a special occasion.

One important tip: in order to get the most out of it, make sure that you’re burning your candle the right way.

5. Indulge in a cup of spicy hot chocolate.

You know I love wine as much as the next person, but recently I tried a new hot chocolate recipe using a pinch of cayenne pepper and oat milk (which I blended with a handheld frother) and it was EVERYTHING.

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6. Prep a binge-worthy movie line up.

I am absolutely obsessed with documentaries, and I’ve been meaning to share a list of my favorites with you for a while—so this seems like the perfect place to do it! Below, check out some of the ones that were top of mind.

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I’ll add to this list as I continue to remember my faves! Please note: I’m partial to true crime and things that most people would consider to be dark/disturbing (LOL) so if that’s your jam, you’ll love my list.

  • Mommy Dead & Dearest
  • I Love You, Now Die
  • At the Heart of Gold
  • The Staircase
  • Bill Cunningham New York
  • The September Issue
  • Blackfish
  • American Murder
  • The Social Dilemma
  • Dear Zachary
  • Leaving Neverland
  • Jiro Dreams of Sushi
  • Iris
  • RBG
  • Searching for Sugarman
  • Capturing the Friedmans
  • Won’t You Be My Neighbor
  • Free Solo
  • Amy
  • Abducted in Plain Sight
  • Three Identical Strangers
  • The Central Park Five
  • The Keepers
  • 13th
  • Tiger King
  • Grizzly Man
  • Class Action Park

Have any favorite movies that I didn’t list here? Drop your recommendations in the comments below!

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  • Jessica
    November 30, 2020 at 1:00 am

    American Factory on Netflix. Not so much true crime but a realistic look at blue collar America.

  • Kristin
    December 7, 2020 at 1:26 am

    Unbelievable on Netflix! Based upon true crime story.

  • Elizabeth M.
    December 28, 2020 at 12:45 am

    My Octopus Teacher on Netflix. The most beautiful doc I’ve ever watched!


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