What is Hygge? And why do we wanna get it with it? Well to put it simply... it's all about celebrating the cosy comforts in life. And I can definitely get behind this movement.
The winter is dark and full of terrors. There are shorter days and darker mornings. Cold noses and dry skin. We get mild winters in Portugal so I did wonder how people in countries with more snow than sun deal with that. The Danish are known to be the happiest people on earth along with many other Scandinavian countries. They have developed a way of living, where being content and making time for yourself is part of your daily routine.
Hygge is best described as ‘cosiness’ or ‘togetherness’ in English. However, the term has no literal translation and is defined as more of a feeling or mood more than a specific word. Much like the practice of mindfullness, Hygge is the art form of creating intimacy, consciousness and appreciation in any given moment. Appreciating the small joys in life at all times wether alone or with friends, hygge followers have tapped into a source of happiness that we all need more of.
To me a feeling of hygge is best found in your bedroom and living room. When you can hear the heavy sound of the rain outside as you snuggle up on the sofa with a cup of tea. You're wearing your fave cosy pjs and the fluffiest socks you own. While the fire crackles and you re-watch your favourite TV show or the Harry Potter film series (for the 100th time). This is all while your little furry pet is giving you all the love and your busy week worries melt away. Sounds pretty ideal? Well I think everyone should create more of these mini hygge moments.
Candles, fairy lights and anything that sparkles in your room will give you an instant hit of hygge. I also added copper christmas touches to warm up my room this winter. These cute hammered copper decorations are from Monsoon.
As hygge is a feeling or mood that comes from taking genuine pleasure in making ordinary everyday things, I decided to include my every day winter skin routine. And an out the ordinary purchase of flowers for myself. My self care always steps up it's game in the winter. Gone are the carefree summer nights of sun kissed skin and a sweep of mascara. Instead, we have to work a little harder as the weather does take its toll. The products I love using are Clarins Cleansing Milk, Clarins Toning lotion Iris, Clarins Gentle Peeling, Bio Oil and Elizabeth Arden Eight hour hand cream.
Clarins is a brand that have always associated with my mum. She swears by their products after selling Clarins products at the age of 24 during her career in Beauty Therapy. My mum is the reason I have fallen in love with them because she always gives me a set as a gift at Christmas. The cleanser, toner and gentle exfoliator are an amazing three step routine and leave your skin looking vibrant, feeling new and smelling fresh. As you can see from the nearly empty bottle, the Clarins Toning lotion Iris is a particular favourite. My skin appreciates the smooth and alcohol free formula.
Elizabeth Arden, is a classic and a must in winter. The hand cream is exactly what everyone needs in their bag to prevent their hands from becoming dry and scaly. It gives you the perfect lock in moisture that your skin needs. The Eight Hour Intensive Lip Repair Balm is also an all time favourite and one I'd highly recommend.
I've also included Bio Oil into my skincare essentials as it's a great product to have all year round. Bio oil helps reduce scars, stretch marks, uneven skin tone, ageing skin and dehydrated skin. It feels great on application and I've already been able to see great results from regular use. Let me know in the comment section below if you use any of these products and if you're going to give them a go. Tell me all about your winter essential secrets!
What you wear is a big factor when creating that hygge feeling, so investing in some comfy lounge wear is more than essential. I have been loving my silk pjs to sleep in, then throwing on a mega fluffy dressing gown and the softest socks I can get my hands on.
This winter surround yourself with things that make you happy. Soft textures, throws and slippers complete the hygge package. You basically want to create a space you never want to leave. Wether that's your bed or your sofa. So climb in, with a cup of tea and a good book. Or a night of Netflix and... cat snuggles.
I hope this post has given you some cosy inspo for these winter days. I've put together some lust worthy items to create the ultimate hygge experience in your home. Let me know if you liked this post and what your fave comfort items you have are.
SHOP THE WINTER ESSENTIALS