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

OH HI, NEW YEAR

It’s been quite a year, hasn’t it? Full of ups, downs, and all things in between.

Contrary to popular belief, I think 2016 has been very good year. However, I am looking forward to a fresh start and 2017 is looking very promising. Here’s a few things I did and will do at the start of the new year to set me up for a better tomorrow.

The morning routine For the past couple days, I’ve been instituting my own version of the Miracle Morning. Waking up at 5:30 (yes, AM), 6 mins of meditation, and a short yoga session helps me get my day off on the right foot.

If you’re looking to reboot your morning routine, I love Rebecca Campbell’s light sourcing guided meditation and Asana Rebel’s app has a couple quick practices to get your Om on in 6 mins or less.

Pamper myself To honor my physical body, I’ve taken more time to take care of me. From getting my bangs trimmed to a yoga class at my favorite studio to a luxurious bath with my favorite Lush bath products. A little pampering is a great way to show yourself love and compassion.

Clean and prep Of course, I have to do a few less luxurious things to get 2017 off on the right foot. Groceries, laundry, cleaning & straightening are just a few of the must-dos on my list.Today, I’m tackling a big project: going through the junk from under our bed.

If you need a little inspiration to start your own new year cleaning spree, I highly recommend Marie Kondo’s Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up.

Dance more My man got us tickets to see Sleater – Kinney on NYE and I couldn’t have imagined a better way to ring in the new year. Connecting with people I’m closest with, imbibing (just a little), and dancing around like a mad woman while Carrie and Corin sang me home.

There’s always a reason to celebrate and I’m making a mental note to dance much more in the new year!

How do you plan on making 2017 a better year?

❤ PJA

What She Pinnin’?

(From top left) 1. If you haven’t seen Sonia by Sonia Rykiel’s Spring 2016 collection, you’re truly missing out. I’m obsessed with the heart t-shirt! 2. So glad I stumbled upon illustraitor Amy Watkinez’s Instagram. This cute piñata print gave me a good chuckle! 3. How do I get my hands on this fringed light fixture?  4. I’ve been a little obsessed with smoothie bowls recently and I can’t wait to try some of these tasty recipes!

❤ PJA