I happened to be watching a Rick Steves show on Denmark and in the show they were describing a way of living that they had. It was called hyggelig (hoo.gl.ee). This hyggelig meant you always have a drink, some food, and at the very least a candle between you and your company. It meant feeling cozy at the very base translation of the word but actually much more, it was your surroundings without anything that would make you feel ill at ease or emotionally overwhelmed. It was actually the pursuit of serenity, of comfy, of homey, of anything that brought that warm fuzzy to your soul.

My jaw dropped at this Danish discovery of self. That one single word summed up the pursuit of my entire life. Hyggelig!!! This blog is about just that, all the things that make me feel hyggelig. My only hope is that they inspire you to find your own hyggelig too. Imagine a world full of hyggelig, just imagine...

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Good bye blogger hello hyggelig me!

It's official! With great amounts of help and work from my Honey www.hyggelig.me is up and running. So, I say goodbye to blogger and thank it for starting me on my blogging path. Thanks to all of you who encouraged me to start blogging which lead me to a wonderful outlet for all my hyggelig thoughts. If you'd still like to follow me come on over to hyggelig.me which has a store, all my latest twitter tweets, and is much easier to use, comment, and navigate!

I hope to see you there!


Tuesday, March 15, 2011

New Blog Coming Soon!

It's been a bit slow with me posting lately. It's because my Honey decided that he loved my blog so much that he wanted to buy me my own domain. So he did and we are working on it right now! It's very similar to this one in looks but will be a bit more advanced and much more fun for you all to visit. It even has a place to show my latest twitter tweets (I just started to tweet!).

After the basics are built and all set up (hopefully in about a week) I will be excitedly sharing it's web link with you. I hope you will like it as much as blogger if not more. This weeks blog posts are all going to my new site and will be revealed soon!

It feels lonely over there without you guys.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Something Besides Animal Fever

Oh, alright even though I think this fall is about 90% leather and fur I will give you some of the fun trends I'm seeing that I'm looking forward to wearing myself.

Trend #1 Go girly and wear socks with almost anything including leather overalls, skirts, dresses, and best of all cropped pants! A great way to take your summer favs into the cooler months.

United Bamboo (cropped cuffed trousers are big for fall!)
House of Holland (imagine this in your fav colors)

Gary Graham

Karen Walker 
Marc by Marc Jacobs

Steven Alan

Richard Chai Love
Vivienne Westwood

Trend #2 silky pants. Just imagine lounging in these! How to be lux, comfy, and chic all in one!
Tsumori Chisato
Roksanda LLincic 
Jenni Kayne

Sunday, March 6, 2011

It's All Lux

Everyday a new slew of fashion shows come out and everyday I look at every single thing that comes down the runway. We aren't over with the fall 2011 ready to wear shows yet, there are still lots more to come. Although, I don't need another show to see that this fall is about luxury. Sure I've spotted some fun trends I'll be posting about but the most overwhelming theme in just about every show has been fur, leather, gorgeousness, and lux to the max.

This isn't Hollywood glam so don't get confused here. It's not about the "it" bag or the "it" anything. This is about WOMAN and the woman is sophisticated. She knows exactly what she wants and its not to show off to all her friends the latest trendy nonsense. The woman of fall 2011 is a powerful suggestion to us all about turning a blind eye on what is politically correct. She doesn't care what you think. She is done with that. This time it's all for herself and as I applaud this monumental turn I'm also thinking as a woman it's about time!


Norma Kamali

Christian Dior

Chris Benz

Junya Watanabe

Trussardi 1911


Just Cavalli

 I feel like we are finally realizing that we can be powerful, even a feminist if you like, but we don't have to prove it anymore through our wardrobe. I keep thinking of that Cake song short skirt/long jacket. It's the perfect soundtrack to the season.

Be powerful, be gorgeous, be lux, be anything you want to be but always WOMAN.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

It's Animal Fever For Fall 2011

Just about every show had gobs and gobs of fur and leather walking down the runway. Usually I'm very turned off by it all but this year has been so gorgeous I'm kinda getting animal fever! Now, now, don't go all PETA on me. These days there are as many faux fur pieces as real going down the runways including leather and it's gotten so well done that it's practically hard to tell the difference. So, go ahead and catch the fever! It'll be quite contagious once you see my favorite picks.
Trussardi 1911
Fur skirt perfection! I couldn't believe my eyes when I saw this Trussardi 1911 beauty. It kinda blew my mind. I never imagined fur could be so lux and sophisticated without looking vulgar. It actually gives the impression of simplicity which is the complete opposite when you think of fur, especially in a skirt!

If you just want to flirt with fur without going for a full on coat this is just the thing. It's quite playful with just a touch around the very short waisted fitted jacket. I love the whole matching top and bottom but this jacket would also look fab with so many other things, even jeans or over a little dress. It has that wardrobe staple potential.

Emilio Pucci
This is not your grandmothers fur! Look at the cut of this Emilio Pucci coat. With just the right cut and worn with such ultra cool pieces fur is starting to look very tempting indeed and youthful too. Something  monumental has happened this fall season with fur and leather. All at once in one season we are seeing it in a way as never before. It's fresh, youthful, and finally even modern and of the moment! There is nothing that beckons back to granny's in these pieces. There is nothing vintage to do with it at all. How refreshing.

How in the world did leather overalls suddenly become so covetable? I don't know how they did it but Acne has left me wanting a pair. Yeah, leather overalls! Crazy!

Trussardi 1911
You can go with both leather and fur here and not look a bit over the top. I'm having a bit of an out of body experience here like it's all a dream too good to be true. Like I said those leather leggings are gonna be essential to your fall / winter wardrobe!

Designers have outdone themselves this season. They have turned convention on it's head turning taboo into essential basics! What an exciting time to be immersed into it all.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Life Changing Moments Captured In Chapters

my Grammy almost 90 years old and still utterly chic

My life chapter one...

For the first ten years of my life before we moved away to Europe I had my Grammy and my Grandma. Grammy was a chic cosmopolitan woman who lived in a very chic high rise apartment with poodles, all by herself. Her apartment, her car, and most definitely herself always smelled so amazingly delicious. It was like leather  mixed with dried baby rose potpourri, mixed with whatever perfume she was wearing. She was feisty and would stomp her foot at us when we'd hide all our room mess under the bed for the reward of the change in her chic little change purse of a clean room. She'd get all worked up and flash her dazzling blue eyes at us with her finger and say, "you little shits better clean this up right or else!", while me and my older sis would giggle and know we'd gotten Grammy all wound up. We knew she would reward us in the end after we'd done it right. She would speak to us in french and call us her little darlings. Oh, how I loved being called, "my little darling", how I loved her harmless temper, her delicious smell, her culture, her independence, but most of all I loved her chicness. This is a woman who never not once didn't have herself pulled together into perfection. Everything was thought of down to the glamorous nightgown with fancy robe and slippers to match she'd wear on visits. The way she chose just the perfect unique jewelry piece for her ensemble like the star on top of the christmas tree. She was my sophisticated Grammy and I absorbed every bit of her as much as I could. Sometimes there are those people in your lives that really shape you into who you become. I got my Grammy's DNA and I tried to absorb the rest.

On the other hand I had my Grandma, the quintessential definition of what comes to mind when you think of the word. She baked us birthday cakes and all sorts of the most delicious food made with love, she made us clothes and quilts, she took me and my older sis camping with her and Grandpa, she made sure we always had lots of handmade gifts for all our birthdays and christmas. She had patience and love and lots of cuddles and I loved the way their home always smelled of clean bleached laundry mixed with what was cooking up in the kitchen. In Grandma's sewing room there were stacks and stacks of fabric just waiting to be made into something. I would sneak in there just to admire and dazzle myself with the sight. Once Grandma caught me standing in there in her room that wasn't for little girls to be playing about in. She asked me, "what are you doing in here you know you aren't suppose to be playing in Grandma's sewing room?" I only answered in all honestly and told her I was just admiring all those lovely bits of fabric and oh how I wish when I'm older I'll have such a room just like hers to make all kinds of things with them just like she does. I thought I was gonna get shooed out of there with a warning not to go back in but something amazing happened instead. Grandma started gathering up a little bag of fabric scraps and trim remnants then she turned to me and said, "see what you can do with these." Oh, what joy! My very own fabric and trims and even some thread I think. I was never excited to return home but this time I was dying to get back to my barbie doll! She was gonna be my model and I her fashion designer and by the time I was home I knew exactly what each piece of fabric would be turned into.

I think I was barely four years old when this happened but it changed my life forever. All of a sudden I was giving the idea that I can make it. I can take what is in my mind and try to make it! After that I was a regular at the school library trying to teach myself all I could learn about about anything I wanted to teach myself to make. I spent happy hours all alone in  my room away from the craziness of the rest of the home immersed in my own wonderland of books, paper, fabric, glue, thread, and anything else I could scrounge up to design and create. I started making clothes for all my dolls and even for all my sisters dolls including my older sister's Mandy doll. If there wasn't a doll around to sew for I'd sew one up myself just so I could dress it. I had daydreams of becoming a fashion designer someday...

Friday, February 18, 2011

Leather? Oh, yes..

It's quite literally a shock to even think I'm becoming a bit mad for leather. I felt my toe dip in the pool of leather lust when the ones for summer arrived on the scene. I think in fact this fall / winter just might make me dive right in from my waist down to my ankles. Who knew leather could ever be so chic?

Leather, it's coming off the black list! See for yourself...

Max Azria

Daryl K

I can't stand it! I want just below the knee leather knickers and I want them now!
Ports 1961

I'm not recommending head to toe leather but the jacket! OMG the jacket!!
Barbara Tfank

Leather leggings that will be on everyones list. FYI they just outdated your trusty dark wash jeans.
Daryl K
Behnaz Sarafpour