Summer is lovely and everything, but is there anything finer than getting all cosy on a winter’s day, lighting some candles and giving yourself permission to do a whole lot of nothing? (No.)
Everyone’s been talking about hygge recently – the Danish word, pronounced “hoo-ga” is usually translated into English as “cosiness”. But it’s much more than that, apparently. It’s an entire attitude to life that helps Denmark to be one of the world’s happiest countries. I love this concept – it’s like a human version of hibernation. If the weather is cold and grey outside, why not stay indoors and get cosy?
First things first – it’s mega important to get the right PJ kit in. I’m talking serious comfort here. For you, that might be a burgundy silk nighty, but for me, it’s soft cotton pyjama bottoms and a top with some stretch in it.
I’m obsessed with these PJs from White Stuff – the bottoms have a cool fox print and they’re really soft and comfy. The top is long-sleeved (great for keeping warm if you’re a bit of a nanna, like me) and has a pretty lace trim. I’ve also got these awesome slipper socks which are ridiculously cosy and comfy (finding the right pair of slippers is one of the most important things in life) and a bobble hat with a bright pink pom pom on it – seriously, what could be better?
If I’m having a PJ day on my own (we should all do this more, by the way – just take a day off work and be kind to ourselves) my favourite thing to do is watch some box sets on Netflix (I’ve been loving Gavin and Stacey all over again recently), read a book and drink lots and lots of tea. If the five year old is around, we tend to draw the curtains, create a little cinema in the living room, snuggle under a blanket and watch back to back Disney movies. (True story: she watched Toy Story 1, 2 and 3 back to back recently with her dad, while I was out for the day, at a blogging conference.)
Here are some of my top cosy day in essentials…. what are yours?
1. Bando pen set, £12, Birchbox 2. Roberts radio, £139.95, John Lewis