All Things Cozy
The air has been delightfully cool and crisp here over the last few days. Perfect for talking about creating a chic and cozy vibe to carry us through the next couple of months. Last night, the temperature found its way down into the low thirties! Had there been any precipitation, we might have seen a few flakes of snow dancing in the air!
It’s cozy time here at the Casa, which has me thinking of all things hygga, or coori as the Scottish call it. On days like today, you will find me in the sun room enjoying a good book, playing solitaire with a pack of soft well worn cards, or gazing out the window sipping a hot drink.
The Cozy Chic Outfit
Chic and cozy yet comfortable is the way I like to dress, with leggings or joggers, a soft cashmere sweater, cashmere socks, and shearling slippers are an absolute must along with a soft throw across my lap. I’m afraid I’m not super creative with my cozy outfits, though I do like to look and feel nice. A spritz of my favorite fragrance, some tinted moisturizer, and a little lip gloss finish my stay at home cozy outfit.
While I have been wearing PJ’s and lounge wear more than I ever have in my life, I feel best when I make a little effort to look and feel nice. The main investments I’ve made this year have been in sweaters, joggers and leggings for wearing around the house.
A Cozy Home
Our old house had a lovely fire place I kept stocked with wood in the winter and candles in the summer so in the evening, we could enjoy candle light or a fire. Here at the Casa, we keep candles going in the evenings. During the holidays, we have a fireplace CD going on the TV. It may be a little cheesy, but it is wonderful none the less.
All this talk about cool weather has me thinking about the many ways we can bring comfort into our lives and make space for contemplation, journalling, or handy crafts like crochet, knitting and embroidery during these colder months.
My father ordered seed catalogs and planned out his gardens during the cold months. I remember seeing a big pile beside his special chair during the winter. Even though I am not a gardener, I loved hearing him talk about his plans and thumbing through the catalogs admiring all the beautiful flower, vegetable, tree, and herb varieties and imagine his creations coming to life at the first sign of spring.
Hibernation, introspection, and maybe creating a few loose plans for the months ahead is my focus right now. I say loose plans because if there’s one thing I’ve learned in 2020, it is not to hold anything too tightly. Instead, I lay the ground work, set my intentions and allow life to unfold.
The Cozy Menu
The cooler weather calls for warming meals like brazed short ribs, hearty chili and home made chicken or turkey soup. I pull out a few of my favorite winter cook books for inspiration. I like cooking seasonally and savoring oranges, root vegetables, soups and stews giving me something special to look forward to each season.
We always get pears for Christmas; creating menus that pair with pears in the winter has become a fun challenge. I’ve made pear and apple turnovers, pear salads, pear butter, and pear glaze with blue cheese to top fillet mignon. Pork seems to love a little touch of sweetness; there are so many options!
Caring for Dry Skin
A down side this time of year is dryer skin and hair. It’s the perfect time to schedule skin care treatments, use hydrating masks on hair, hands and face. My lips are horribly dry so I’m constantly slathering them with my favorite lip balm. I make sure to schedule at home beauty days to nurture my soul and dedicate time to pamper my skin, nails and hair every Saturday. There is something about having a dedicated pamper time not to mention our bodies do best with consistency!
When it comes to adding a dash of makeup, I am looking for light coverage, easy application, and perhaps some built in skin care elements. Sometimes I apply a little concealer, powder, mascara and a moisturizing lip stick. Here are a few favorites to try:
Cozy Wrap Up
The winter season has us home more, and has always been a time for pampering, planning, reflection and self care laying the foundation for the coming year.
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