Wednesday, 18 October 2017

Seven Days of Hygge

For me, hygge is experienced best throughout Autumn and Winter. I love Autumn, it's by far my favourite season all year round. I love wrapping up warm in cosy jumpers and wearing fluffy gloves and hats on a cold sunshine-y days to go exploring. I adore autumnal nights too, surrounded by my friends and family in a room lit by candles with a game going and hot drinks flowing. I make a mean hot chocolate topped with squirty cream, marshmallows and a drizzle of golden syrup - you should try it! So, I've pieced together a bit of a seven day guide to hygge for you to enjoy and experience too. If you're unsure what hygge actually is, then you may find my post on Hygge Essentials useful. 


Take yourself away from screens for the evening. Yes, that's right, you heard me! We all get so glued to our phones, laptops and IPads that it's important to ensure we can still survive without them. So, put your laptop away and phone down, (no cheating and checking your Instagram notifications!) now allow yourself to relax with a good book or have fun with a board game with family or friends; my favourites are Cluedo and Cards Against Humanity. Sort yourself out a large glass of wine or hot chocolate and you’ll be ready to unwind.


Today is the day to splurge on yourself a little. Treat yourself and buy something new that is hygee orientated. Some great examples are: a new candle, some cosy cushions or a fluffy throw; you could even try that hot drink you've had your eye on for a while now. I did this recently and tried a Gingerbread Latte - so good!


Get creative today and paint a picture, bake your heart out, write a letter or start a new scrap book. Get those creative juices flowing! I have recently got in touch with my creative side and have started a little DIY project painting bookmarks and greeting cards to give to my friends and family. This makes me feel very hygge.


Buy yourself some flowers and bring nature inside your home today. Not into flowers? Get yourself a potted plant or a herb for the kitchen that you can look after and watch grow. Rosemary is great for roast dinners and it smells amazing or Mint could be used for Mojitos, you just need to add the rum. 


Organise a movie night with friends or family. Get the snacks in and make sure there is a snuggly blanket for everyone. I love hosting nights like these; chocolate fondue with strawberries and marshmallows always goes down well. 


Be at one with nature today and take a long walk in the woods, along the beach or in a pretty park. Explore somewhere new or go to a place full of fond memories. Wrap up warm and enjoy being outside in the fresh air.


Today, allow yourself a lazy pyjama day. Make sure you have breakfast in for breakfast in bed and snuggle up with a good book or your latest favourites on Netflix or a TV box set. I like buying croissants with butter and strawberry jam for this sort of day paired with some freshly brewed coffee in my cafetiere. Set the mood with some candles and enjoy the flowers you bought earlier in the week.

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love to know how you get on with your week of hygge. I absolutely love living my life through the Danish way of life and hope you are now inspired to too. 

Love Amber x

Saturday, 14 October 2017

Where to eat? | Copenhagen

Warning! This post may make you hungry! Above is pictured a display of Smørrebrød, the famous Danish open sandwich, in Torvehallerne Market. Don't they just look delicious?! Keep reading for more amazing places to eat in Copenhagen.


Torvehallerne was a short walk away from the Metro Stop Nørreport and one stop over from Forum which was close to where we were staying, so it was very convenient for us. We went here every day for breakfast and had a wonder around to look at the stunning food displays. Think Borough Market except Danish style! Take a look at my recommendations below. 

Grød & Vita Boost

Pictured above, we just had to try Grød whilst we were in Copenhagen. It's tasty, hot porridge served with delicious nutty granola toppings and fresh or stewed apple. I was a huge fan of this and have since tried to replicate it though it's not quite as good in the UK. Grød is the place to go when visiting Torvehallerne and is always very popular with both tourists and locals. Vita Boost is a smoothie bar, which also serves light-bites. The Very Berry Merry Smoothie was my favourite.

Laura's Bakery

Pictured below, we ate at Laura's Bakery the first time we visited Torvehallerne and that experience left us wanting more. We opted for a pain au chocolat (which had also been dipped in chocolate for good measure), a strawberry tart and Greek yoghurt topped with granola and fresh berries. We split it in two and shared everything so that we could try a bit more without getting too full, which was a great idea. The granola was incredible so I bought some, to take home with me. 


Pictured below is a classic Danish dish - Smørrebrød. It is essentially an open sandwich on rye bread. On this one, we had a cold chicken salad topped with chorizo. It was very tasty and unlike anything I had ever tried before, so I am glad I experienced it. 


Pictured below, the hot dog stand sits by Rundetaarn (The Round Tower). Besides from the traditional Danish smørrebrød, there is nothing as Danish as a hot dog stand. They are everywhere! Everything is organic from the onions to the sauce and it was so incredibly tasty. 

Copenhagen Street Food

Copenhagen Street Food serves up food from all over the world and is situated right on the harbour. It's perfect for hearty meals served with a cold beer or cocktail, which is exactly what we did when we visited.

The food market offers food from Mexico to Korea as well as traditional Danish food and drink. The whole place is incredible with a very Danish, Hyggelig feel to it, as it had a huge fireplace inside and cosy spots to sit, eat and drink. Whilst we were there, we saw people of all ages, cultures and nationalities as they simultaneously caught up and chowed down. 

We opted for the Brazilian option as it looked incredible, I am sure you will agree (pictured above and below). I could not recommend a visit to this place enough! Plus it's not too far from Nyhavn and Christiania - two of my favourite spots to visit in Copenhagen. 


Pictured above, MASH, which stands for Modern American Steak House, is ideal for a relaxing sit-down meal when you are craving a good-quality steak. It really was the best streak I have EVER tasted. We chose a Uruguayan Rib-eye steak which was one of the cheapest on the menu, but even still, with just 2 steaks, 2 fries, a side of creamed spinach and 2 cokes, the bill came to around £100. This is a quality steak house and they even offer the famous Kobe steaks from Japan. The chain of MASH restaurants originated in Copenhagen and there is now one in London, if you wanted to give it a try closer to home. 

Belgian Waffles

Pictured below, this was a favourite of mine when we took a stroll along the harbour of Nyhavn in the evening. We sat along the harbour and ate our warm Belgian waffles with Daim flavoured ice-cream. I noticed the restaurants didn't really serve any desserts that were quite as decadent as this, so I would recommend visiting an ice cream parlour once you've finished your evening meal. 

Food is such an important part of Danish culture and I am a huge foodie so I really enjoyed experiencing the different sorts of foods and markets the Danes have to offer in Copenhagen. If you have never been to Copenhagen, I highly recommend a visit! Not only for the food, but to experience the sights and sounds too.

I hope you enjoyed my post on the food of Copenhagen and if you have anything to add, I'd love to know so please leave me a comment and I'll get back to you. Any questions, just let me know. 

Love Amber x

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

Hygge | Essentials

So what is Hygge?

Hygge has become increasingly more popular over the past year in the UK - I see books everywhere and have read a few on it myself. For those of you that haven't yet heard the term 'hygge', it can mean different things to different people. Hygge is for everyone and anyone can experience it no matter who you are or where you are in the world. I recently visited Copenhagen in search of some serious hygge, as it is a term that is used by the Dane's; I was not disappointed. Visiting Copenhagen and seeing the Danish way of life up close and personal has inspired me to get in touch with my inner creativity once more and to ensure I incorporate more hyygelig things in my life. 

In essence, hygge is the feeling of cosiness and warmth , it is pure happiness and contentment in that moment and to me there is not greater feeling of joy. I feel the best way for me to describe it is to tell you what hygge is for me... 

To me, hygge is: 

  • Walking through the countryside on a sunny Autumnal day with the leaves crunching beneath my boots, having a thick, chunky scarf wrapped around me and a knitted bobble hat keeping my ears warm. 
  • Listening to the rain in bed at night with my boyfriend wrapping his arms around me.
  • Sitting beside a wood burning fire with a big cup of hot chocolate and squirty cream and mini marshmallows. 
  • Enjoying a hearty meal with loved ones, chatting and drinking the night away. 


Autumn is known as a very hyggelig month because it is a month of cosy blankets, romantic candle light and comforting indoor activities. I have put together a bit of a Hygge Essentials guide for those of you that aren't too sure where to start and would like to enjoy the warm, fuzzy feeling too.
  1. A cozy throw - Be it knitted, quilted or crocheted, whatever takes your fancy and fills you with comfort. Surround yourself in your throw on a rainy autumnal day and enjoy your peaceful moment. 
  2. Comfy Socks/Slippers - There is nothing worse than cold feet when you're trying to get cosy. Treat yourself to some new cosy socks or slippers. I just bought 2 new pairs from Sainsburys for £5.00 if you're struggling to find any. 
  3. A Great Mug - Everyone has a favourite mug so buy yourself some fresh coffee or some decadent hot chocolate. Make some time for yourself to sit back and enjoy the warming sensation of the hot drink. 
  4. Comfy Clothes - My go to hygge outfit is usually my pajamas when I'm at home, however, day-to-day I like to wear an oversized knitted jumper, paired with leggings and boots with a thick knitted scarf and a woolly hat - perfection. 
  5. A Good Book - Tuck yourself away in your little reading nook and enjoy reading your book whilst the weather outside is cold and dismal. This will make you feel ultimate hygge feels. 
  6. Snacks - Since visiting Copenhagen I have been re-creating Grod which is porridge with granola, nuts and fresh seasonal berries sprinkled on the top and a dollop of honey. It's not only great for breakfast but it's also a filling meal for lunch too and is perfect for warming up in the autumn/winter.

What does Hygge mean to you? 

Do you have any Hygge essentials that you like to live by? I would love to know in the comments below or by reaching me on any of my social media platforms.

Love Amber x

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