The Art of Hygge…

I spent a cosy afternoon reading The Art of Hygge – How to Bring Danish Cosiness into your Life by Jonny Jackson & Elias Larsen. It’s definitely a cosy little read.

The images used throughout the book really conjure up a feeling of cosiness and shows that contentment really comes from the simple things and that those alone, can bring us the greatest of pleasures.image

The book itself is split into 6 chapters, topics include natural light, soft furnishings, fires, setting the table and candles. Craft projects include lavender bags, felt slippers, pom-pom’s, mug cosies and fairy light lanterns and much more besides.

The things needed for Hygge include candlelight, cosy blankets, a day spent in the wilds, log pile, hot chocolate and someone to share it with.

My favourite chapter was chapter four – Comforting recipes for cosy nights in. The mouth-watering treats include Iced Vanilla Cookies, Cinnamon Hot Chocolate, Roasted Chestnuts, Berry Jam, Gingerbread House, Fruit Crumble, Hot Spiced Fruit Punch, Mulled Wine, Mulled Cider, butternut Squash Soup, Popcorn, Chocolate Fondue, and Spiced Banana Bread.

This book isn’t as good as The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking, but I am pleased I purchased it nonetheless, as I do pick it up every now and then.

 

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The Little Book of Hygge…

The Little Book of Hygge – The Danish Way to Living Well by Meik Wiking is one of the best books on Hygge on the market. Meik Wiking’s book is beautifully written, the pictures inside conjure up a feeling of cosiness, calm and contentment. Meik Wiking is the perfect man to write about the topic of Hygge as he works for The Happiness Institute in Copenhagen.image

The book isn’t just about interiors or what makes the Danes the happiest country on the planet, it features a lot more than that. It explains how ‘Hygge’ isn’t just about candles. It’s about spending time with friends and family and making the most of the time you spend together. You can ‘Hygge’ in all seasons and weather.

I’m looking forward to making the recipes in the book and making every moment I spend with family and friends more hyggelig.

If you wanted to purchase just one book on ‘Hygge’ you can’t go wrong with this one. This is a re-read for me and I score it 5/5. It’s excellent.

 

Liz Earle Wellbeing Autumn 2016…

Liz Earle Wellbeing Magazine is a quarterly magazine that comes out just as the new season approaches.

The magazine features various topics on natural health, beauty,  fashion, food, drink, home, and garden.image

Freebies and competitions included in this issue are a limited edition print by Marta Spendowska which you can cut out and frame, a free 15ml pot of Superskin moisturiser, all you need to do is tear out the page and take it into any participating John Lewis or Boots store and you also get a complimentary skin analysis. There is also the chance to win a leather Boden bag worth £199.

The magazine features joining a hobby club whether it be bread making, sewing, knitting or something else you’re interested in. Eating the season, pickling, drying hydrangeas and the olive harvest from the homestead of Liz’s family.

imageSomething else I didn’t like to see in the magazine were adverts for Harley St London – laser treatment clinic, Thomas Sabo jewellery and 7th Heaven beauty treatment sachets. These adverts are found in other publications and I’d rather see unique things advertise in the Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine that would tie in with the wellbeing side of the magazine.

I don’t think I will be purchasing Liz Earle Wellbeing magazine again as the recipes are not something I would make and I prefer magazines like Breathe and The Simple Things, which also feature articles on wellbeing and health.

The White Cottage Mystery – Margery Allingham…

Whilst in Waterstones last week, I was looking at the crime section with no book in mind. The title The White Cottage Mystery by Margery Allingham caught my eye. Having read the back of the book, and seeing Agatha Christie and PD James, two literary greats in the crime genre endorse her writing style, I thought I’d purchase it.image

For the past week I’ve been reading this novella. The book was originally written in 1927 as a mini series for the Express newspaper. I have enjoyed this story immensely and would definitely re-read it, as well as recommending it to anybody who loves cosy mysteries.

Without divulging too much of the plot, Eric Crowther holds a secret of everyone who lived at White Cottage, which he held over them as a ransom. This puts everyone under the suspicion of murder. When the truth is finally realised and the real killer revealed, it is very surprising and unexpected.

I would rate The White Cottage Mystery 4 out of 5. I’ll definitely be buying more of Margery Allingham’s books in the future.