How I'm Embracing Hygge

'Hoo-guh' is the Danish meaning for cosy. It's more a feeling than a direct translation  Think Sunday afternoons under a blanket with a cup of hot chocolate (which is exactly what I'm doing now as I type this). Or sitting by a crackling fire reading a book with thick cashmere socks to keep you snug. Whilst you could accuse me of being Hygge all year round (I have a reputation for rejecting most invites for Saturday night in favour of my dressing gown and some scented candles), this time of year is synonymous with the movement. And what's the benefit of Hygge? It's a means of finding happiness in simplicity and comfort in being kind to yourself. Now that's my kind wellbeing! In this post, I explore how I've made a few subtle additions to my day to embrace more higgelig moments.

From bed to dressing gown.
Living in a new-build means we live in a comfortable, warm bubble with no drafts or large, cold rooms to heat (though this may be all about to change!) When we lived in our previous flat, Mr A was very reluctant to put on the heating and before that we were bracing New York’s snow storms so I acquired some serious thermal wear into my wardrobe (good ol’ M&S). First though, to ease the transition of bed to…not in bed, enter the cosiest, fluffiest, warmest dressing gown. It must be my most-worm item! Whether I’m hood-up whilst meditating on the sofa in the AM or cooking dinner and Netflix binging in the PM, this item is my guaranteed safety blanket. You can find a similar one to mine here.

Getting lit. 
I have a cluster of candles on my coffee table and lighting them each evening forms part of my unwinding ritual. I have a selection of cotton fragranced tea lights and a three-wick candle I received for Christmas last year. I've picked out below some of my tried-and-tested and much-loved candles I’ll be lighting this Autumn:

The White Company Winter Botanical Candle, £36, has kept my Christmas decorations box smelling gloriously festive for the past couple of years. I promise to give it a road-test this year and I know I'll be looking out for a repurchase come January when I'm packaging away the decks again!
My go-to Diptique fragrance is Baies but I’m intrigued by the new lucky charm fragrances they’ve launched, in particular the Lucky Flowers and Blissful Amber, £53.

A brand that I follow on the 'gram and fell in love with is Moments of Sense and Style. There’s an incredible story behind the husband and wife co-founders of this brand, as they live through the challenges of brain injury. Nothing is more coffee-table worthy than these ‘choose light’ matches, £9. With my husband’s family from Lincoln, I especially love the sound of this fig, berries, wood and amber notes of No.3 Doddington on an Autumn morning, £30.

Be a book worm. 
Whilst my bedtime is getting earlier and earlier to make way for my super relaxed mornings route (link), I find myself looking forward to the moment when I get into bed and open my latest book. I stayed in bed until 1pm on Sunday finishing Miss You by Kate Eberlen and I’ve moved onto A Gift in December by Jenny Gladwell. Whilst I’ve earned a reputation as the office bookworm and happily share out recommendations, my to-read list is never-ending thanks to newsletters, podcasts, and instagram accounts. My favourites at the moment are @reesesbookclub @thehelsproject @bookishelise @booksnest. Also my favourite blogger newsletters drop in my inbox from @TheAnnaEdit and @CocosTeaParty.

Head to the Bar(re)
As the evenings are drawing in and it’s now dark in the morning and evening when I would normally go for a run, I’m upping my ClassPass activity. This time of year it takes real willpower to even pack my gym back and especially drag myself there in the dark after a day in the office but my class choices of yoga, reformer pilates and barre feel lovely and restorative. It gets the cold out of my muscles and helps make up a little for all the comfort food I’m craving.


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