I am a ferm believer in enjoying those little things in life, appreciate the moment and just be happy. I know there are so many things in life that can get you down (we all have those moments..) and because of that I think it’s important to have times to look back at and say to yourself “in that moment I was truly happy!” It can be things like meeting your best friend for a coffee & a chat, popping a prosecco bottle with a group of girlfriends or as simple as a walk in the park when the light hits the trees in that magical way. It can be laughing so hard that you start crying, getting a smile from a stranger just when you need it, or listening to your favourite music. Those moments are what keeps you going, those moments will lift your mood on a cloudy day and put a smile on your face.
For me one of those moments I will treasure for a long time was a cozy date with my boyfriend when we were in Norway. We decided to take a little drive to a place called Hå Gamle Prestegard, which is an old vicarage that served as the residence of a senior civil servant several hundred years ago. Today, as well as hosting exhibitions and events, you can find a cafe serving lunch as well as cakes and coffee for guests. When stepping inside you get that warm welcoming feeling, its like visiting someone you know and eating lunch in their living room. The cafe has the perfect Scandi vibe and the food is rural and hearthy. We had the chicken soup, which was perfect as it was a very windy, cold day. Sitting there in silence, enjoying the meal and looking out at the view of the pebble beach was one of those moments. A truly happy moment.
With days getting shorter and Christmas getting nearer we can all use a bit of hygge in our life. You know, that feeling of coziness. This Danish & Norwegian word that everyone is obsessed about lately has us all longing for those little moments that makes us happy and relaxed. With synonyms like cozy, comfortable, warm & welcoming, hygge is definitely the way to go!
So with these words in mind, I have created a little compilation of items that will get you into the spirit!
Happy Friday! I have spent the whole week recovering from a flu, so I decided to start the weekend by adding a bit of joy to my home in the form of a bouquet of flowers. They are the perfect autumn touch, don’t you think? Note to self: remember to buy more flowers because it really does make your house a home..
This Sunday we had a trip to the mountains, sometimes I forget how close it actually is. For a moment I almost felt like I was back in Norway on a Sunday hike.. I wanted to share some images with you to show that it is actually quite easy to get the Scandinavian feeling here in Italy, you just have to look for it.
Growing up Sunday’s were usually the day for family and a lot of times this meant being outside. We would go for hiking trips, walks in nature or exploring different areas around us. It was always a great way to end the week, to get a chance to switch of your brain for a bit and just enjoy the surroundings. Living in Italy can be quite different from back home in Norway, but in the north it’s actually not as different as you would think. The great thing is that it’s so easy to just jump on a train or in your car and get away for a day or a weekend, perfect for anyone with some serious wanderlust. We live quite close to one of the biggest parks in Europe, Monza Park, but sometimes I crave that mountains feeling. Because of that we decided to take a little trip yesterday to an authentic little mountain town about one hour from us; Piani Dei Resinelli. We arrived just in time for lunch, and found this super cute cabin serving Italian winter-food. How good does fried cheese-filled doughballs and blueberry (!) pasta sound?
“The mountains are calling and I must go..” – John Muir
After the lunch we went to explore the area, and even ran into a group of goats. I had with me my trusted Kanken Fjällraven backpack, because us Norwegian’s will never go hiking without a backpack. Usually this backpack would be filled with hiking snacks like oranges, biscuits (a favourite being the classic Kvikk Lunch – Norwegian for “Quick Lunch”) & a thermos with hot chocolate. It’s important to keep the energy level up as well as being prepared incase of emergency, especially if its a “hangry” emergency!
Little trips like this really is an energy boost, I now feel refreshed and ready to tackle a new week! In Norwegian we have a saying “ut på tur, aldri sur” (which translates to “out for a walk / hike, never in a bad mood”) and it’s so true.
One thing I love about autumn is to go out and get a new pajamas! It really makes those cold and grey nights more fun when you can slip into a new cozy outfit while watching your favourite tv program and drinking a hot drink.
Here is a selection I’ve put together, ranging from warm snuggly ones to quirky cool ones for anyone not living in a cold country. You know, you can still hygge no matter what the temperature is ;-)
Cute and cozy flannel pajamas set from Monki with eyes on.
So, the cold has suddenly snuck up on us here in Italy and I am in a very autumnal mood all of a sudden. It’s been rainy and grey outside, and I have been trying to stay cozy inside our flat with woollen socks, warm outfits, hot drinks and baking. Here are some autumn moments from my Instagram, follow me there for more hygge!
Now I’m off to buy some pumpkin to try and make myself a pumpkin spiced latte from scratch.. Wish me good luck!