There is a “wind event” currently in the Chicago area. The wind blows everything in your face, as a harsh reminder that it’s winter now, and for you to stay inside. The sky is grey, as is characteristic for this time of year. Gloom is the word of the day. As a warm-weather girl, whose soul longs for sun, beaches, and ocean, I’m at odds with this climate. Normally, I deal with this weather by complaining and hibernating, as I count down the days until spring.
Recently, I stumbled across an article talking about how the Norwegians deal with their long winters. Instead of lamenting the short, cold days, they embrace them. The word for this state of being is “Hygge” (pronounced “hoo-gah”), which translates to ‘a mood of coziness and comfortable conviviality, with feelings of wellness and contentment’. The article encouraged this idea of Hygge, telling people to take joy in cozy things. Things like cashmere socks, soft sweaters, a hot mug of tea, staying warm under a blanket while reading a good book. I decided to embrace Hygge this year. I currently have my favorite black tea, a warm blanket a former student made for me, and my book. I’m wearing the coziest sweater that I’ve ever found. I’m literally draped in Hygge. I will share my Hygge finds as the winter goes on. The sweater pictured below is from an online boutique called Runway Seven. It’s $59, which is more than I usually spend, but it’s incredibly well made, so cozy, and has become a staple in my wardrobe. Pair with a bralette in any color.