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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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

LIGHTEN THE MOOD

I think now is a good time to let you in on a little secret:

Its gonna be OK.

Some things are out of our control, but there is always hope. Here’s a few things you can do instead of worrying about what the future holds.

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  1. Plant something Join a gardening club, start an herb garden, or volunteer to help plant trees with your neighborhood’s beautification program.
  2. Reach enlightenment Start meditating, pray, or have your chakras read. Spiritual healing of every flavor does the body, and soul, good.
  3. Get pampered Give yourself a spa day. Go to Lush and load up on your favorite bath bombs, masks, lotions, and scrubs. While your at it, try multi masking for your best skin ever.
  4. Do good Find a cause that heals your soul. Volunteer at a homeless shelter or visit children in the hospital. Read to kids or help puppies and kitties find a loving home. There’s so much good work to be done right in your backyard.
  5. Support a just cause Click here for a full list of Pro-Women, Pro-Immigrant, Pro-Earth, and Anti Bigotry causes that need your help.

❤ PJA

NOT A THING TO WEAR

You take a sip of coffee, dry your hair, and slap some makeup on your face. Things are going well, until you open your closet and stare, blank faced, uninspired at your wardrobe. About 10 mins of this makes you 20 mins late to work.

Don’t let this happen again. Here are a few  questions to ask yourself Sunday so you can get off on the right foot come Monday.

  1. Have you done your laundry? This phenomena often happens to me when I (literally) have nothing to wear. If my hamper is full and I’m down to my last pair of tights, its time to take a trip to the laundromat. PJA Pink House 2-16 hi-res (17 of 33)
  2. How can I wear that ______ in a new way? Finding a style uniform is smart, but sometimes the same thing day after day can get a little stale. Mix things up by wearing a cool pair of sneakers with trousers or a soft t-shirt over (or under) a sundress.Peach Wall-0775
  3. Are there things that need mending/reconstructing? Your favorite trench is missing a button; that silk blouse busted a seam; and your old favorite pair of jeans have seen better days. Time to get to work! Find that button, sew that hole up, or add some patches to make your jeans feel brand new.IMG_9044
  4. What’s the weather like? Come July, I know it’s time to bust out the sweaters and pile on the light layers. Summer in the city usually involves cold, wet, misty mornings and sunny afternoons.  Seasons vary from climate to climate, so do your research. PJA shopping
  5. When was the last time I cleaned my closet? Has it been a week? A month? Years? It might be  time. If you need help and you happen to be in the Bay Area, I’d love to lend you a hand. For more information about my Closet Cleanse service, click here.

❤ PJA

DON’T PANIC

When things fall apart, you can still look like you got your shit together.

Here’s how to look like you have everything under control.

Match-y Match-yPJA Ferry Building Long Edit 2 Not into the mono-chromatic, matching look? Me neither, but a little matching can go a long way. Matching one color in your ensemble, be it your lips with your shoes or you bag with your jacket, gives you some instant polish without looking like a crayon.

Go NudePJA U ChanelS 11-11-13Skin tone shoes, even with a print or embellishment, do wonders for your wardrobe. My nude, studded flats are my go-to nowadays. They add length to my legs, go with everything, and have an air of sophistication. Pro tip: If you’re going nude, find a pair close to your skin tone. Otherwise, your feet will stand out like a sore thumb.

Blue Collar                        PJA Indianrock 4There’s just something about a collared shirt. Even when layered under a laid-back t-shirt, a collar makes me feel more professional and confident in the work place. If your aim is to look like a boardroom bad-ass, throw on a shirt (or dress) with a proper collar.

❤ PJA