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...

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Enchanted Garden Party

Giambattista Valli

We've been laboring on our new home since it's only new to us but old to itself being built in 1901. Painting, refinishing floors, changing outlet & switch plate covers, replacing all the light fixtures, new windows, new front and back locks & door handles, and lots more painting. WHEW!

When spring starts up the work will get underway outdoors. Once all the pulling, chopping, planting and landscaping has finished for the season we are planning a very intimate but grand garden party to celebrate all our labors.

All who have lingered in our backyard have gone under the spell of enchantment that it holds like a whisper from a magical fairy. The perfect place for a romantic afternoon. The festivities will include, tea, fancy little bits of scrumptious food, bubbly drinks, white linen and fancy china, lawn games, a photographer, and of course the ladies and gents decked out in gorgeous attire.

So of course I've been dreaming about what the very perfect and proper garden party attire should be. I've decided that it's fancy with a bit of whimsy, although not too fancy and not too casual. Well, to really get what I mean just imagine a bunch of lovely girlies kicking off their shoes and lounging in the grass wearing these  romantic beauties...

Banana Republic  (Imagine it without these socks & shoes)
Chanel (whats fantastic about this is the parasol that looks like a  sun bonnet!)

Erdem (lace lace lace!)

Giles (take away the neck pouf and it's perfection)

Wunderkind (without the hose and jacket  it's simply gorgeous)

Just Cavalli

Karen Walker

Moncler Gamme Rouge


Guess which one I'm wishing to recreate to wear myself.