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By Faith Elsegood

Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) is a term which encompasses that quality of cosy happiness and contentment you can’t quite put a name to. Its’ main characteristics are all things warm, cosy, and charming. In recent years, it has become a fashionable new lifestyle favoured by bloggers and instagrammers alike – a few of whom I’ve left links to below. Hygge is borrowed entirely from Danish culture, from a simpler way of life, a love of the great outdoors, as well as a love for the hearth and home. And I’m sure that there’s nothing more appealing in the run-up to winter than trying your hand at recreating this comfy, cosy lifestyle.

A Hygge How-to.

         

Step 1: Candlelight

Candlelight is a hygge go-to, so whether it’s a tiny votive or a massive church candle, light it up. Yankee Candle votive gift set is only £6.00 at ASDA.

 

Step 2: A giant mug

There’s nothing more hygge – or necessary – than a huge mug to fill with your favourite tea/coffee/hot chocolate/hot drink (delete as applicable!). I’m sure you already have a favourite mug, but if not, this cute copper mug could be a contender! Get it from TK Maxx for £6.99.

 

Step 3: A cosy jumper

This is more of a life essential than a hygge essential, but your hygge life would be incomplete without a huge comfy jumper. Chunky cable knit? All the better. 

 

Step 4: A cosy blanket

Okay, so you’ve got your candles lit, your mug full, and your jumper on… but there’s something missing. Cosy up or snuggle down with a blanket that’ll keep you toasty all night long. 

 

Step 5: A cute film

The finishing touches to your hygge overhaul are found in something personal that you know you’ll love, and a film is exactly that! My pick would be When Harry Met Sally – Nora Ephron’s rom-com masterpiece, available on Netflix!

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