How to Hygge This Winter

As I sit here working on this post, the wind is blowing away, the leaves making crisp rattling noises as they hit the side of the house. Earlier, the rain was falling gently, glistening in the fall sun. And me? Well, I’m inside, with my chilly toes hidden under blankets and a cozy pullover keeping my upper body toasty. What can I say, ’tis the season to get hygge! 

Disclosure: Thanks to prAna for providing some of the clothing featured in this post. All opinions are my own!

But wait, what’s hygge? A Danish and Norwegian term describing a mood or feeling of coziness, comfort, wellness, and contentment, despite the long, dark days of fall and winter. It was all the rage last winter, and I predict we’ll see a resurgence again as the temperatures drop. From beauty products to candles to books, there are a variety of products for sale that capitalize on the concept of how to hygge. However, there’s also a variety of things you can do at home that will inspire feelings of hygge, too.

Today I thought I’d share a few of those ideas as the weather changes, the nights get longer, and we begin to transition our homes, wardrobes, and mindset for the holiday and winter months.

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A Long Weekend in Oregon’s Willamette Valley // Where to Stay, Eat, & Visit

Known best as “Oregon’s Wine Country” the Willamette Valley is a 150-mile valley in central Oregon that is home to much more than just wine. It also happens to be where I spent 4 days back in September with a group of Seattle bloggers, Kate of All Things Kate, Emma of Emma’s Edition, Adria of Emerald Palate, and Marissa of Postcards to Seattle. As it was my first time visiting, I was grateful to have some more experienced travelers (Adria had previously visited last year) and the help of the Willamette Valley Visitor’s Association and Travel Oregon who put together an amazing itinerary of things to do in Willamette Valley for us!

Disclosure: Thanks to the Willamette Valley Visitor’s Association for providing accommodations, activities, and meals during this trip. All opinions are my own! Photos by Ashley Cook Photography

Of course, we discovered some other gems along the way, too, and today I want to share more about this whirlwind of a trip. It was such a busy trip that I had people ask me if I even slept! Surprisingly, I did, and despite one 5 am wake up call for our hot air balloon ride, I felt refreshed and rejuvenated at the end of our excursion! Or maybe that was the facial… ;)

Either way, if you’re itching for a long weekend vacation read on for why the Willamette Valley should be your next destination!

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10 Fall Fashion Trends from NYFW That I LOVED

Before I left for NYFW, I did a lot of research about what I might see people wearing. After all, who wants to show up unprepared? Not me! Around the same time, I was asked to be on local Seattle TV Station, King 5, to talk about the fall fashion trends that I was excited about.

Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are affiliate links. That means when you click on them and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. Thanks so much for your support! // Photos by Vivian Hsu Photography and Diary of This Girl Megan

And, while I was able to cover quite a few of my favorites, I wanted to keep my mind open to what was actually being worn on the streets this season.As usual, NYFW and NYC, in general, didn’t disappoint when it came to the catwalk on the streets. Today, I thought I’d share some of my absolute favorite trends, and how I’ve already been incorporating them into my wardrobe!

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Treat Yourself to the Gift of Hair Removal with Silk’n Infinity // Giveaway!

It’s safe to say that with the impending holiday season, there’s going to be a stressful moment or two in your future. One of my favorite rituaals, when I’m feeling stressed, is pampering myself at-home. Drawing a hot bath, relaxing under the bubbles, giving myself a manicure and pedicure and treating myself to a face mask are some of my most cherished moments when everything else in the world feels like too much.  

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Silk’n. All opinions are my own!

Recently I was introduced to the brand Silk’n, which makes a variety of at-home skincare devices that allow you to get specialized aesthetic treatments right-at-home. The Silk’n Infinity, for example, makes permanent laser hair removal as simple as a treatment at-home every few weeks. Another product, the Silk’n ReVit, allows you to have a microdermabrasion facial as often as needed, from the comfort of your home!

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A Day at the Pumpkin Patch

Happy Halloween!

As October comes to a close, I look back at how fast it all flew by. The weather has gone from sunny and fairly warm for fall to chilly and rainy. Before the weather change hit, my friends and I made our way to a local pumpkin patch. After all, would it really be fall if pumpkins and a cute pumpkin patch outfit weren’t involved?!

Just 45 minutes outside of Seattle is a small farm town called Enumclaw. It’s the same town that Dave spent some of his formative years in, and he has family in the area. That’s how I stumbled upon Thomasson Family Farm several years ago. Since it’s a bit farther out and the only pumpkin patch in town (that I know about anyway) it tends to be a bit less busy then some of the others I’ve been to in years past. While they don’t go all out with some of the farm-fun like apple picking, fresh food, and over the top decorations, it’s still a cute place to pick a pumpkin and snap some photos.

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