Living the hygge life

I love January.

The Christmas decorations are back in the loft, the house has had a thorough clean and as the days are still short and cold, it’s time to snuggle on the sofa and enjoy my family.

Hygge the Danish call it. It’s all about the feeling and the moment. You can’t buy it, you create it and it is an enormously satisfying feeling.

Hygge - special feeling or moment

I am enjoying some fantastic British drama on the TV – Mrs Wilson, Luther and Manhunt to name a few.

I have been preparing some of my favourite winter recipes like stew with dumplings, some traditional roast dinners (we had roast leg of lamb on Sunday and it was amazing) and fish pie, mmmm!

January really is a proper hygge month for me. One daily ritual is lighting the candles on the mantle before I sit down to enjoy the calm winter’s evening. The flicker of the candles adds a warm glow to the room and adds to the cosiness as I hug my hot cup of tea and dip (once again) into the leftover chocolates from Christmas.

Actually, I hope we have soon finished off our Crimbo chocolate stash for the benefit of my wardrobe! Anyone else need to lose a few pounds that were gained over the festive season? I do. My trousers are tight around the waist, my t shirts are riding up and I feel uncomfortable. I’m going to have to make some time for exercise and long walks to get back into my clothes again.

However, I don’t want to go crazy and make it a mission. I’m not on that treadmill anymore, I know I have work to do but I’m not going to get all het up about it. By adding a few good walks into the week and cutting back on sweets, wine and large portions, I’ll get back to how I was sooner or later.

As my clothes are tight, I’ve been looking at the Simply Be website for some winter fashion inspiration. For me, this time of year calls for comfort clothing and also bright colours. Nice pops of red and yellow to brighten my mood and add a bit of happiness to my outfit. Black is wonderful but it can be a bit boring day in, day out.

How about this saffron coloured jumper? Worn with leggings or jeans or even a skirt would look great. 

Or this Joe Browns red cable cardigan? I love it, I think I would wear it forever with everything! UPDATE: I bought it!

I have my eye on longer skirts this year, I think they’re really going to take off. Maxi or long, both styles dress well and can be worn for both casual and formal occasions. Another element to look out for is animal prints. Take a walk down the high street (if you can bear to go out in the cold!) and you’ll see lots of prints in the shops.

How about you? Are you trying to incorporate some hygge feeling into your life?

Disclosure: This is a collaborative post.


1 Comment

  1. January 21, 2019 / 8:48 PM

    Love that yellow jumper especially. Still trying to lose the Christmas weight in this house too! :D x

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