staying cozy in february

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Can we all agree that we're tired of winter? After the holidays, it really becomes such a bummer season that can be hard to deal with. The constant darkness and cold are so hard on our bodies and our states of mind, yeah? 

I found the most adorable café in Williamsburg last week called Sweethaus and for some reason, it made the winter a little bit more bearable. I went there on my day off to work on some things and ended up having tomato soup, half a grilled cheese, pink lemonade, and a chocolate-vanilla marbled cupcake. The decor was beautiful, they were playing beautiful music, and there was a chic older woman in a trench. 

Just being there made me feel more relaxed and inspired me to write a post on staying cozy to survive the month of February, taking cues from this particular café:

Hang out in a cute café.
Spend a few hours in your favorite café or find a cute new place in your town. Take your laptop, a book, your journal, or magazines and have a drink and treat. Just getting out of the house can feel miraculous on cold winter days.

Make tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches.
Is there any cozier meal than this? Make your own tomato soup at home and pick up some really good cheese and bread from the market for grilled sandwiches. This meal alone can get you through the dreariest days.

Listen to vintage music.
The café I mentioned up top was playing the loveliest vintage playlist when I spent the early afternoon there and it was so relaxing. Playing music by Chet Baker, Ella Fitzgerald, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and the likes while you're at home is an easy way to feel cozy. Light some candles and check out one of these playlists: Starbucks Vintage, New York Jazz Vibes, and Jazz Café Paris.

Watch a dreamy film.
This film will preferably have a jazz soundtrack and at least one scene involving coffee, pastries, wine or flowers. Some favorites are Midnight in Paris, You've Got Mail, Notting Hill, Paddington, Beauty and the Beast, Dior et Moi, Breakfast at Tiffany's, Roman Holiday, Before Sunrise, and Marie Antoinette.

Spend an afternoon baking.
A lot of times I want to bake even if I'm not even craving sweets. I just find the act of baking so relaxing and cozy! Put on a cute apron, one of those vintage playlists, and bake one of these recipes: classic croissants, raspberry sticky buns, and vegan banana bread.