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...

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Simple summer frocks

Alright, it's time to talk frocks. Not the frilly dressy things you never really wear. No, these are perfect for any day or anywhere. You must consider that your wardrobe might be lacking some personality if all you don are jeans and the boring khaki capri pants that every single mom seems to claim as her uniform come summer. SKIP IT!! They are making you look like a blah, boring, mommy who is older than her time. 

The plus side here is that it will take you one pull over the head to get dressed and look chicer than your old self ever dared. It's weird but a lot of ladies are afraid of dresses. There's no need to be when you have lovely chic frocks like these...

Vivian Tam 

Marc by Marc Jacobs 

Francesco Scognamiglio

Lela Rose
Chris Benz 
Marc Jacobs 
Vivienne Westwood
Behnaz Sarafpour (love the layering going on here)

Rachel Comey (dressy day wear)
I can hear you all complaining that you don't want to show that much leg. Remember this is the runway. Any of these dresses would look great just at the knee. Manipulate the looks to suit you. Make them your own by way of longer hem, more of a sleeve, a different color or a more casual fabric. Pay attention to the shape of the dress and have some fun getting updated!

Sachin & Babi (dressy day wear, think about that bridal shower you have to go to)
Listen, if you put flat sandals with almost any of these dresses it brings them down to casual wear in one smart move. Try it! You might just decide to trade in your old mommy aging capri uniform or same old college standby jeans for something much chicer and easier.

I hope you enjoyed my favorites from the shows for next year and will be inspired to slip one on yourself. 

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