Bringing Hygge Into Your Life

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Bringing Hygge Into your Life

By Kelley Abbey

Winter can be tough.  It comes on fast and furious, often leaving us with feelings of bitterness and longing for the season that once was.   Last Friday, for instance, was shaping up to be one of those magical Fall days in Calgary. The air was warm and sweet, the sun shining, cascading shadows of dancing leaves, and people everywhere were smiling and happy. But by four o’clock dark clouds and furious gusts of wind started rolling in, only to find us all in the midst of a full-blown snowstorm by dinner time.  

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These extreme temperatures we all joke about that make Calgary, well...Calgary, can also be extremely hard on our emotions and can leave us wanting some warmth in our lives.  Enter Hygge (pronounced “hoo-gah”).  Hygge is the Danish and Norwegian word for creating a mood of coziness and comfort, something every single person living in this great Canadian city desperately needs at one time or another. 

“There is a simple fidelity to the moment that we experience through hygge.  ...we adjust our surroundings to guide our energy and desire.  Hygge pays attention to the concerns of the human spirit, turning us towards a manner of living that priorities simple pleasure, friendship and connection above consumption.”   ― Louisa Thomsen Brits,   The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

“There is a simple fidelity to the moment that we experience through hygge.

...we adjust our surroundings to guide our energy and desire.

Hygge pays attention to the concerns of the human spirit, turning us towards a manner of living that priorities simple pleasure, friendship and connection above consumption.”

― Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well

We’ve put together a list of our most favorite Hygge inspired items found at Outside the Shape.  We hope you enjoy them as much as we do and that you can create your own sense of Hygge in your everyday life.  Of course you can pick up all of these items in our little cozy shop!

Featuring: Simply Polished, Land Of Daughters, Heartprint Threads, Outside The Shape, and Jennifer Joan Skincare

Featuring: Simply Polished, Land Of Daughters, Heartprint Threads, Outside The Shape, and Jennifer Joan Skincare

Land of Daughters Scented Soy Candles, $28

Paige is a fragrance blending wizard, creating scents that literally take you to another time and place.  With signature scents like Scorpio; a blend of Amber, Cherry and Almond or our shop favourite Evening Smoke; a blend of Tobacco, Oakmoss and Honey, these candles will warm your soul even on the coldest of nights. 

Heartprint Threads Blanket, $160

If being a good human gives you all the feels then Heartprint Threads is the company for you.  These incredibly soft, beautifully designed blankets made from 100% high grade post-consumer recycled acrylic, Absolutely animal and vegan friendly, Brushed to give them that unforgettable and addictive feel, are the perfect addition to any home.  Also with their “Warm for All” initiative,  they donate a blanket to someone in need for every one purchased. Enough said.

 

OTS Scrunchie, $14

Let’s be honest, is there a better feeling than coming home after a long day, putting on your romper and tying your hair up in a scrunchie? Handmade with love by Outside the Shape’s owner Francesca, her scrunchies are not only adorable, they’re so comfy you might never leave the house without it.  Plus they are all made from Up Cycled material, waste not want not!

 

Simply Polished Bath Soak, $30

There is nothing more relaxing than taking a long hot bath, but adding Simply Polished’s new bath soak turns every bath into an indulgent spa-like experience.   Try the Rehab Bath Concentrate with detoxifying Juniper Berry, or our most loved Glow Bath Concentrate, with lime and coconut that smells so good you’ll want to eat it.

 

Jennifer Joan Body Oil, $70

If you’re one of those people that loves soft, buttery skin all year round, Jennifer Joan Body Oil is going to be your new best friend.  These gorgeously scented oils lock in moisture, leaving your body with the most luminous glow.  With four different scents to choose from; Classic, Cocoa & Clove, Fleur Citron and Mandarin Cedar, we guarantee the oil of your dreams is waiting for you.

 
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“We don't hygge to be content, we find contentment in hygge. Hygge is about pleasure, presence and participation.

It's the understanding that if we are to wholeheartedly participate in life, we are entitled to small islands of calm.”

― Louisa Thomsen Brits, The Book of Hygge: The Danish Art of Living Well