It’s mid-January, the month I’ve heard so many people say is their LEAST favorite time of the year, there’s tons of snow on the ground, it’s cold, the excitement of the holidays is over… With all this in mind I wanted to put together a little winter inspiration to get you through the next few months. The Danish concept of hygge (which basically means coziness) is part of the reason I’ve come to love winter, and especially these slow, lazy months between New Years and Spring. Think about it, summer is all go, go, go – so now is the perfect time for relaxing via movie nights in, indulging in your favorite comfort foods, and hosting casual, low-key meals with friends and family.
A few of my favourite things for getting through the winter include sipping a full bodied red wine in the evenings, always having my favourite dark chocolate on hand (Green & Blacks mint if you’re wondering), making hearty soups and stews, baking on weekend afternoons, and stocking up on cozy knits in the form of scarves, sweaters and socks!
Here are a few more things to inspire you to embrace Hygge this winter!
BOOK: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. I downloaded this book before Christmas because it was on ALL the best books of 2016 lists (and an Oprah’s book club selection), but of course I didn’t get around to starting it because of the business of the holidays. But now is the perfect time! I love having a long novel to get into over the colder months. Perfect for lazy weekend afternoons (when Emmylou is napping) and the snow is falling.
RECIPE: Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate from The Blondielocks. I LOVE anything salted caramel, and hot chocolate, so marrying the two is definitely a match made in heaven for me! I would use home-made whipped cream (because I will take any excuse to have home-made whipped cream sitting around), and perhaps a homemade caramel sauce if I was feeling ambitious…
READS: The Year Of The Hygge, The Danish Obsession With Getting Cozy
This is a nice discussion on the hygge lifestyle… and also “Danish doctors recommend “tea and hygge” as a cure for the common cold.” Ahhh! I love it!!
Here’s How to Make Your Home Cozy If You’re That Person Who’s Always Cold
Yes… I am that person…
Tomato Soup With Grilled Cheese Croutons
SHOPPING: Obviously one of the most important aspects of hygge for me is cozy, warm clothing (it gets REALLY cold where I live during the winter months, so staying warm is a top priority). This time of year I tend to gravitate towards items that are comfortable and warm, yet still chic. This Free People cardigan in rose looks so cozy and I LOVE the colour. I also love this cross front sweater for a more casual option. And I’m totally obsessing over this Free People sweater dress which scream hygge to me, and is also on sale! I like this J.Crew cable knit scarf, and I actually just purchased this beautiful Rebecca Minkoff fringe scarf using a gift card I received for Christmas. It’s pricey, but I had been eyeing it since fall, so I decided to treat myself :). Obviously a couple of pairs of cozy pjs to lounge in are a must in winter, and I’m loving this grey romper. Also for lounging, these Free People joggers look super comfy, and I also like these ‘lounge pants‘ in eggshell – which would be a perfect match for the grey cross front sweater mentioned above!
I hope this post has inspired you to embrace hygge and what’s left of winter! Do you have any cozy winter traditions that help get you through the colder months? I’d love to hear about them!