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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STYLENADA

This might not come to you as a surprise, but lately I’ve been obsessed with Korean beauty products. If it’s made from ingredients like snail mucus and comes in a cute package, it has a home on my vanity.

That in mind, it shouldn’t take a genius to see why I’m loving Stylenada. I can’t speak to the quality of their lipsticks, but their bold, playful, and youthful adverts are enough to make me want to buy everything they have to offer.

 

Images courtesy of Stylenada.

❤ PJA

NORDSTROM HALF-YEARLY SALE

It’s that time of year again! If you don’t have any big, Memorial Day plans, I highly recommend checking out Nordstrom’s Half-Yearly sale.

Here’s just a glimpse into the sale goodness happening right now:

Clockwise from top left: 1. Jumpsuit, 7 For All Mankind. 2. Satin Bomber Jacket, Steve Madden. 3. White leather oxfords, ED Ellen DeGeneres. 4. Babydoll Dress, Paul & Joe Sister.

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EARTH DAY

Tree huggers unite! Today we celebrate our mother earth. Here are a few of my favorite earth-loving products to get you in the spirit.

  1. (From top left) Amour Vert sells terrific, soft basics made from organic materials. Plus they sell a tree for every t-shirt sold. Do your part and get this adorably french striped number. 2. I’m dying to get a jar of Monastery Attar Repair Concentrate. Their products are made from whole, natural ingredients and in spirit of Earth Day, everything is 20% off! 3. Whenever I do a major closet cleanse, I bring my castoffs to Urbanity. The staff feels like family and their racks are full of the best of the best new and used styles. 4. It just wouldn’t be a weekend without a trip to Lush. I can hardly get through the week without a bath with my favorite Yoga Bath Bomb.

❤ PJA