Staying cozy and bright during November and January is an easy thing to do — holiday lights abound, the promise of vacation lingers, and lots of food and alcohol surround you. It’s after New Year’s when the coziness turns a pallid shade — the shade, in fact, of the train steps when you’re walking to work through grey slush. But! I am here to argue that staying cozy is not only possible in late January/February, but a HIGHLIGHT of this time. You can take all the cheer of the holidays and translate it into the wild west of late winter — get drunk at home wrapped in a blanket with a ‘90s thriller on, and plug in those Christmas lights. Hygge is yours to have.
First things first…
A cozy-ass blanket: The staple of the hygge experience. A thick blanket that swaddles you like an infant (a…wine-drinking infant) as you Netflix Frasier (a show that’s really coming back!)
A late-90s Gwyneth Paltrow movie: This is SPECIFIC, but it suits the mood. I recently cozied up on the couch to Gwyn’s 1998 rom-com-dram Sliding Doors, and the whole thing is all soothing ‘90s color palettes and Dido’s “Thank You”
A fragrance: One that smells like the fireplace your apartment doesn’t have.
A lamp for warm lighting: No dim, cold overhead lighting here. The more warm glows, the better: sparkly string lights, a lamp, etc.
Hot tea: You need a cup of something with steam, of course. Hot cocoa is the go-to, but if you’re fending off a cold or want something a little healthier but still cozy, Tea Forte’s trio of chai teas has your back.
A chunky, oversized sweater: Last but of course never least, an ever-so-slightly worn, chunky knit, large sweater that feels like heaven. And yes, you never wash it and that’s kinda gross, but that’s part of its MAGIC.