I do love my little comforts.
I love nothing more that coming home in the evening and transforming into head to toe loungewear and cosy socks. For me the evening doesn’t really start until I feel swaddled in soft fabrics and tucked up in a comfy chair. A cup of tea and a good book are essential.
I guess it’s about intentionally embracing the act of slow living and making time for the people and things that warm our hearts and soothe our minds.
So here’s my 5 little comforts to keep you cosy and comforted through the season.
If you think blankets are just to keep you warm, you haven’t really lived. I have a cosy blanket tucked behind our settee that comes out most nights of the year – perhaps excepting the summer heatwave. You don’t need to be shivering to need a cosy blanket. You just need a little comforting.
We all know about Danish ‘hygge’ but have you heard of ‘colsie’, the old Scots word for cosy, originated from the Gaelic word ‘cosagach’ meaning sheltered, snug or warm.
The Tartan Blanket Company defines colsie as “the habit of embracing winter darkness and finding comfort and warmth in life’s simple pleasures”
We discovered The (fabulous) Tartan Blanket Company on a recent trip to Edinburgh. I’m not Scottish and have no Scottish heritage that I know of, but I’m totally in love with their gorgeous tartan weaves. Finding a company that make the most beautiful quality blankets, scarves and wraps in a delightful range of colourful tartans makes me very happy.
Emma and Fergus moved from London back home to Leith, Edinburgh, to start their business in 2014 – making their favourite traditional Scottish product – the tartan blanket. Emma and Fergus are keen to focus on natural and sustainable weaves, in a world of fast fashion and disposable products. Find out more about their traditional and contemporary designs on their website.
We’re a little bit in love with this soft 100% new wool blanket woven in duck egg herringbone. It’s available to a variety of gorgeous colours to match your interiors. It’s a chunky and thick weave that’s super cosy and warm on those chilly autumn evenings.
No cosy night in is complete without a scented candle to bring calm and relaxation after a busy day. The joy of the twinkling candle is best combined with low lighting, a cosy blanket and a roaring log fire.
Our favourites are from Nathalie Bond Organics, the organic skincare company in Sheffield. If you’re after something pure and kind on your skin then look no further. Natalie and Andy have created a joyous collection handcrafted in their Yorkshire studio using only organic and natural ingredients with 100% essential oils. Free from parabens, synthetics and GM additives they are certified by the Organic Soil Association.
Our favourite for the colder months is their Winter Soy Candle “infused with the spicy scents of a winter pantry” – Orange, Pine, Cinnamon and Clove. The larger 180ml size will last for 34 hours and will bring a perfect dose of colsie to your evening.
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I’m a coffee in the morning, tea in the afternoon sort of girl. But not just any old mug. It has to be just the right shape and size to wrap your hands around and feel that all’s well with the world. There’s something very comforting about a hand thrown, hand glazed, uniquely crafted mug that’s almost a piece of art. I met the very talented Raphaela Seck on instagram and immediately fell in love with her gorgeous ceramics. Raphaela sells her goodies on Etsy and she’s the studio manager of Studio 45, a creative pottery hub on the Darlington Estate, Devon. All her pottery is made in her home studio in Totnes using speckled stoneware clay and lead free glazes.
Can’t wait to have a big mug of hot chocolate in this one.
Settling down to a colsie evening is made all the more joyous with one of our favourite Hattie & Beau Fragrance Burners especially if you light up one of their wax melt festive fragrances. They’re cruelty free, vegan and handmade in Jessica’s North Wales country cottage.
Wait til you hear what’s on the Christmas wax melt menu – Festive Pine, Christmas Spice, Frankincense & Myrrh, Irish Cream, Mistletoe and Strudel. I’m burning mistletoe in our lounge at the moment and it’s just dreamy.
Comfort starts and finishes with feet for me. Every time my sister and I needed new shoes, my Mother’s advice “you only have one pair of feet and they have to last your whole life” was a constant theme. Now that I’m all grown up, I need no convincing at all. Comfy shoes, fluffy slippers and, of course, toasty socks are everything. If you spend your evening dashing up and down the stairs after little ones – make sure you get the nonslip soles.
My choice are these cosy teddy socks from Fat Face in my favourite teal greens. There’s lot of other colours and styles available from £10-£25 so check out your favourite ones.
Self care is something I’ve been trying to practice recently. Diet, exercise and the little comforts in life. These are just a few of the little things that make a big difference to me – my physical and mental health are better, my energy levels are up and I’m well rested. What are your little comforts that make a big difference to you?
I’m Judith. I’ve been blogging here since 2014. I’m a writer, keen photographer, cake decorator, lover of travel, drinker of coffee and reader of books. . This is my Lifestyle blog – a fresh authentic space for thoughtful women – where I write about my life in North Wales – the things I love to use, the issues that matter, and the places I love to visit. I’d love you to join my community.
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