THAT HYGGE LIFE

 

Hygge (hue-gah); the Danish term for celebrating life’s simplest pleasures. It encourages practitioners to make a ritual out of everyday activities to help bring you closer to friends, family, lovers, and to yourself.

From your morning cup of coffee to your evening meal, there are so many ways to bring more hygge into your life. Here’s how I do it.

PJA Ferry Building cu editMake coffee a priority My mornings are the busiest, so my coffee time is especially sacred. When you make your morning coffee (or tea, or smoothie, or whatever), take your time and enjoy each part of the process. Grind your own beans, inhale the aroma, add some of your own spices to your concoction. Slowing down and living in the moment is one of the keys to hygge.

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Stay cozy Winter weekends are the perfect time to do this. There is nothing I love more than lingering in bed a little bit longer under piles of cuddly pillows and blankets. Do yourself a favor and surround yourself in all things cozy. Light candles, get wrapped up in your favorite comforter, drink something warm, and wear your favorite sweater. Extra cozy points if you have a working fireplace.

Cook and bake all day Once during the weekend, I find a new recipe (or two or three!) and I cook/bake. In the oven, on the stove, or in the crock-pot; cooking is a great way to fill your home with warmth (and delicious smells to boot). For the holidays, find a new cookie recipe every weekend to try and share the results with your lover, friends, family, or bring some to work with you on Monday. Your coworkers will thank you!

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Be in nature Reconnecting with mother earth is just as important in Hygge. On Sundays, my beau and I pile on the layers, grab a coffee, and start walking to the park, the beach, or wherever our hearts desire. Exploring new places or old favorites, surrounded by trees or the sound of the ocean, reminds me of all the beauty life has to offer.

How do you Hygge? Let me know in the comments.

❤ PJA

 

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GET INSPIRED

Feeling like your closet is more on the ‘Ho-Hum’ side these days? Here are a few things you can do to break out of your fashion funk and get you back in your groove.

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  1. HIT THE BOOKS Curious about a closet concept like Minimal or Maximalism? Wondering how Pantone’s color of the year can work into your wardrobe? Read a book or pick up a magazine. For those of you interested in the Capsule Wardrobe idea, Sarah Eliza Louderback’s Secrets of the Capsule Wardrobe is an easy read and very informative.PJA-Rainbow-Wall-August(3of10)
  2. CLEAN YOUR FREAKING CLOSET Pull everything out (yes, everything) and sort them into three piles. The things you wear on a daily basis go back in the closet, things you’re not sure about into a pile, and the last pile is reserved for things to give away or recycle. Do you notice a common color palette in your wear pile? Is there a certain silhouette that is just not flattering in the cast offs? After editing your closet, it won’t be hard to sort the pieces I love from the pieces adding bulk.PJA-Tobi-Dresses-102917-36
  3. TALK TO A STRANGER Someone in your office have a cool new bag? See a tourist wearing a cute pair of shoes? Tell them! Ask them where they got that cool thing you’re lusting after. Chances are they have a story behind it or some tips on where to find something similar. And if anything else, you’ll make a new stylish friend you can ask to take you shopping (pretty please!).PJA-Tobi-Dresses-102917-14
  4. SAY NO TO FAST FASHION I’ve made the decision to banish fast fashion from my style vocabulary (more on that in a future post). I know how tempting it is to snap up a trendy top or dress for $5 – $15, but you’ll be paying more in the long run. Try mixing and matching things you already have, borrow something from your bestie or SO, or better yet, host a swap party with your friends. Need to buy something ASAP? Invest in timeless pieces from sustainable brands. Take re/make‘s Wallet Guide on your next shopping trip.

❤ PJA

SUMMER TO FALL

Silly me bought a few spring dresses from Tobi right when it started to get cold outside. The solution? Instead of packing them away, I came up with a few summer to fall looks.

Hopefully, these looks will inspire you to hang onto your lighter pieces for a little while longer!

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What? No, I’m not cold. Why? *shivering*

I couldn’t resist the scallop detail of this lavender shift. With pompon shoes and a denim moto-jacket, it makes an easy date night look (note to self: next time, wear tights.).

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Dress: Tobi; Jacket: Crossroads Trading Co.; Earrings: Bitte & Danke; Shoes: Amazon.

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The great thing about living with your fashionable boyfriend? You get to borrow his sweaters.

The off the shoulder look lives on into the colder months with over the knee boots, my SO’s cardigan, and a berry lip. So cozy!

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Dress: Tobi; Boots: Gifted; Cardigan: My Man’s.

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True story: I wore this dress on a 12 hour flight right before taking these photos. There’s nary a wrinkle and I look fresh as a daisy!

Embrace the new season and pair your easy breezy dress with booties, a light anorak, and a neckerchief.

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Dress: Tobi; Boots and Jacket: Crossroads Trading Co.; Neckerchief: Apprvl.

❤ PJA

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IT’S ALL RAINBOWS

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Jessie Marie and I found these rainbow panels and thought “Hey, that would make a great backdrop!” Too bad one of the panels had some……unfortunate graffiti. I did my best to hide it with my cat purse. Can you guess what it says?

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This is my official summer bag. Some people want a basic, round straw bag. I am not one of them. Give me all the cat-themed things.

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Speaking of cats, do you like my top? Look closely, there’s more to it than meets the eye. At first glance, it looks like a floral motif. On further inspection, you’ll see kitties! This print is by one of my favorite artists on Redbubble, Burcu Korkmazyurek. Want one? Get it here.

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From head to toe: Sunnies + Purse, Amazon; Top, Redbubble; Skirt, Forever 21; Shoes, DSW.

Photos by the scrumtrulescent Jessie Marie.

❤ PJA

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