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How I Embrace Hygge: The Danish Art of Coziness

Something I truly want to concentrate on this season is incorporating more hygge into my every day life. I have recently been introduced to the Danish term and apparently it’s a pretty trendy one! I have immediately become hopelessly love-struck with the whole idea of hygge.

On the off chance that you haven’t heard about hygge, it is the Danish custom of making the most of life’s basic delights. When considering hygge, things like being cosy and warm, being content and comfy, and discovering happiness in the little things in life. It’s such a charming way to live, so I’ve chosen to be more deliberate with carrying on with a cosy life this season.

Some also refer to hygge as an “art of creating intimacy” (either with yourself, friends and your home). While there’s no one English word to describe hygge, several can be used to describe the idea of hygge such as cosiness, charm, happiness, content, security, familiarity, comfort, reassurance, and simpleness.

Style

Incorporating hygge into your wardrobe is very simple, particularly when the weather turns chilly. I’ve been gradually gathering chunky knit jumpers to cuddle up in, as well as things like warm slippers, scarves, and fluffy PJs. I’m obsessed with jumpers that aren’t quite fitted, that oversized look just feel so much more snug and are much easier to layer. Those oversized roll neck jumpers are absolute perfection to me, they just make me feel all mmmm. Yano?

Big blanket scarves are a must too, they instantly shout cosy to me! Especially cute check prints this time of year. Cashmere and chenille are soft and sensual. Think about textures and those that make you feel warm just by looking at them.

Home Decor

This is definitely my favorite area to incorporate the cute cosy feeling of hygge. As I’ve started decorating and finishing off our house, I’ve been bringing in those cosy elements like large cushions, faux fur throws and gorgeous scented candles. That autumnal pop of burnt orange runs through our sitting room and makes everywhere look and feel like winter is getting that bit closer.

I love seasonal decor as it is so much fun to play around with, especially in autumn! I’ve been lighting lots of pumpkin spice candles lately, which automatically makes our home feel nice and cozy. As usual, due to always being cold, there are vast amounts of throws and blankets laying about. Perfect for snuggling under on a cold, breezy day.

I would love to find a way to bring this warm pleasantness into the spring and summer seasons as well, although maybe that’s what makes autumn and winter such a magical time of year.

Don’t feel that you need to overhaul your interior to make it more hygge, tiny additions to the home can transform any moment. Treating yourself to your favourite coffee, indulging in new bubble bath for long dips by candlelight or finally putting your favourite photographs on the wall are all instant mood lifters whenever you use/see them, so take the time to enjoy them. Even a simple lit candle is seen as one of the most basic hygge moments to achieve.

Skincare

This time of year, I rely on DIY spa nights and rich skincare treatments to bring out that hygge feeling. Things like warm bubble baths and different face masks have become part of my usual routine. Plus they make you feel so much more relaxed and calm and I’ve definitely noticed the effect they’ve had on my overall mood. When your skin is soft, smooth and pimple free, it always makes you feel better. I hate that the cold weather can make you have dry, sallow looking skin. I tend to have more luxury baths this time of year, throw in a few bath bombs and unwind between the bubbles!

Hygge is also about embracing and seeing wonder in the small things, whether that’s slicking on your favourite red lipstick, trying a new polish shade or even taking a moment to declutter your makeup bag. Cue new makeup bags, of course.

Cooking

Cooking hearty, hygge-worthy meals is something I’ve been practising a lot recently. My mum is a great cook so recently I’ve been using all of her recipes to cook wonderful food for Myles and I. I love cooking and prepping food together, proper home cooked meals give that perfect feeling of hygge for me. Now that the weather is cooler, I can expect warm, hearty meals like casseroles, soups and other things that incorporate seasonal spices and root veggies.

I’ve also recently become obsessed with hot chocolates before bedtime. I blame the fact we’re living in a freezing cold house because I’m not allowed the heating on. Ehem, yes a small dig at you dear. Plus it’s become our favorite little nighttime treat we can enjoy together whilst we unwind. Hygge is all about indulging and treating yourself without going all fancy over it. Chocolate brownies, baking and warm coffees are my kind of hygge. Think homemade soups and yummy desserts, don’t worry about your five course meals and your amuse bouche.

There may be no set rules about what hygge is, essentially it’s what makes you happy and content. Whatever helps keep you smiling during the bleak winter months, that’s hygge. I’ve gotta tell you guys, I’m just loving it.

How are you embracing hygge this season?

Charlie x

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