I had a dream this year: I wanted to find a really good nail colour for Autumn. I love red, and pink, blue, green, purple and all the multitudinous other shades available…. but I wanted one that was pure Autumn. One that when I looked at it I would go “Yes! Autumn in a Jar!”.
I think I was partly inspired (okay, yes, massively inspired) by this picture:
From allison christine on Unsplash. I loved the metallic quality of the orange: the autumnal feel of the colours is just delicious. Allison’s other photos are gorgeous, too. I have a feeling I’ll be using quite a few of hers over the winter!
Anyway, I liked the photo, and the nails looked great. For a while I used it as my social media identity photo, with the blog name superimposed. Cute.
But then I found my ideal partner: Nailberry L’Oxygene Oxygenated Nail Lacquer, Golden Hour NOX224. Yellow. I say it’s yellow. My daughter says it’s gold, because it’s shiny. But it’s autumnal yellow. I’ve used it, love it, it lasts exceedingly well, which isn’t always the case for nail varnish and me, and I had a play with it this morning.
My hands are not as pretty as Allison’s. Nor do I keep the camera as smooth. But my life is about bodging it and near enough, so I suppose this is as good as it gets. Anyhoo, here is my social media ident for Autumn 2021.
It was a few minutes of play this morning, nothing really big or clever or difficult and yet it has given me pleasure all day. I’ve changed over all my social media accounts, and every time I type anything in work my nails flash with a glow of gold that is very pleasing to the eye. I painted, I posed and I saw that it was good.
Do you like the mug? It’s from Hyggestyle, a lovely company who are great to order from. I have a full post coming up in October with my other purchase from them, but I just had to have the mug when I saw it. It’s enamel, handwash only, and comes in red or grey. I know it’s the people and not the products that make life hyggely, but small details like a good sized mug or a decent throw that is not too large, not too small and just cuddly enough can help. There was an issue with my first order, and the company were excellent about contacting me, explaining the issue and really being very good. We got talking, Becci and I, and she was so generous she gave me a code to put on the blog: if you order from Hyggestyle and use the code HYGGENOOK10, you should get 10% off whatever you’ve ordered. Thank you so much, Becci!
I’ve decided to have one header for the whole season of small things: it’s one of my favourite pictures by Alex Geerts on Unsplash. I love the whole colour scheme, which just makes me feel so autumnal. I love the socks, the book, the blanket, the tea, the leaves and pumpkin. There are so many small pleasures in the picture, it’s like my ambition for this whole series in one simple shot.
How to Hygge the British Way is my gift to the world. I don’t get paid for writing it, I’m not in it for the kudos, financial rewards, to become an influencer, work with brands or otherwise make any money from the blog. That’s why there are no ads, and any products I mention and recommend have either been gifted to me or bought by me with my everyday wages or donations from supporters. Every book I review has been bought and read by me, unless stated otherwise.
I do get a couple of pennies each time someone buys from the Amazon links on my page, as an Amazon Affiliate, but otherwise if you’d like to support me, I like to give something back in return. That’s why I write books. It always feels good if you get a book back in return for some money. You can find a full list of my books at my Author’s Page on Amazon, but especially recommended for this time of year are:
Cosy Happy Hygge: Setting up a rhythm to life and rituals to enjoy it to make for a more balanced life that handles waves and storms better. August is like a pause before real life begins again in September, so it’s a second chance to set up rituals and rhythms that boost happiness and work for you.
Happier: Probably my most personal book, it’s the story of how I used hygge and the little things in life to help boost my happiness. I still go back and reread to remind myself what I need to do to be a happy human.
On the principle that it’s never too early to start thinking ahead, really, and that Christmas is always on us before we know, how about Have Yourself a Happy Hygge Christmas? Christmas is about the small things in life, much as hygge is, and establishing what you want from Christmas and then being able to say no to the excess is important. The book has hints and tips that hopefully will help you enjoy what is, too often, a frantic season.
Available as just an ebook, and a short, sharp read, is Enjoying a Self-Care Christmas: Easy Ways to keep the Joy of Christmas, and your Sanity, intact. It’s an easy read, with ideas and hints to keep you sane through the season. The self-care advent calendar is one I’ve followed for a few years now, and it really is a small daily dose of calm in a manic month.
And on the basis that we may well find ourselves in Lockdowns or unable to enjoy an absolutely normal Christmas under Covid regulations if numbers spike, why not read and plan alternatives? Celebrating a Contagious Christmas was written in response to the pandemic last year, and will need updating soon, but it is about celebrating whatever the situation, and does have good advice on stocking up an emergency cupboard, celebrating when travelling to relatives is impossible and putting the heart of Christmas back into the heart of the celebrations.
If you’d like to support me, but don’t want to buy a book, I have a Paypal.Me account as Hygge Jem. Every little helps, so even a few pence goes towards the books, goods and courses I use and recommend on the site. I’m grateful for every little bit that brings me closer to my dream of full-time writing, and I know I couldn’t still be writing if it weren’t for the support of many readers and friends out there. Thank you all for every little bit of support, emotional, physical and financial, you give me.
If you’ve enjoyed this article, don’t forget to share it or save it so others can enjoy reading, thinking about and living hygge as well, and read the other posts in the series, too.
My September of Small Things:
Day Three: Plants, Naturally
Day Four: A New Magazine that Really Suits Me
Day Five: Autumnal Decor Ready for the Harvest
Day Eight: Life Lessons From the Roadside
Day 11: Autumning Up My Planner
Day 12: A Brief Pause in a Very Busy Day
Day 16: Finding a New Nail Colour for Autumn and then Enjoying it All Day Long