Fashionable Friday: Happy Hygge


With the cold, (and in my case) snowy days and long, dark nights of winter officially settling in, the Danish concept of Hygge (pronounced “HOO-gah, like a football cheer in a Scandinavian accent” according to the NYTimes) seems a fitting, if slightly odd, topic for Fashionable Friday. However, the concept of Hygge is all about coziness and happiness, which I think goes nicely alongside writing and stationery. Also many start-of-the-year goals pair nicely like writing more, journaling, going for walks, spending time with family, stay home more, cooking, etc. So, I hope you find this inspiring. I just purchased the book The Year of Living Danishly: Uncovering the Secrets of the World’s Happiest Country which I hope will shed a bit of light on the Hygge phenomenon.

  • The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living $11.75 (via Amazon)
  • Blue Border Letterpress Cards (Set of 50) $5 (via CuteTape)
  • J Herbin Spiral Glass Dip Pen in Sky Blue $20 (via Pen Chalet)
  • Noodler’s Georgia Peach Ink (3 oz Bottle) $15 (via JetPens)
  • Triangle Pennant Banner Washi Tape $2 per roll (via CuteTape)
  • Lamy Scala Glacier fountain pen (special edition 2016) gold nib € 215 (via Fontoplumo)
  • Mercury Moonglow Candle $40 (via Anthropologie)
  • CDT A5 Notepad $11 (via Fresh Stock Japan)
  • URPOWER Essential Oil Diffuser $21.95 (via Amazon)
  • Mimira Mug $14 (via Anthropologie)
  • London Fog Hot Chocolate + Mapled Whipped Cream Recipe (via Kitchen McCabe)
  • Diamine Chocolate Brown Ink (30 ml Bottle) $7.50 (via JetPens)
  • Diamine Beau Blue Ink (80ml Bottle) $14.95 (via Anderson Pens)
  • PIUMA Super Minimal Brass Fountain Pen starting at $55 (via Kickstarter)
  • Bookbinder’s Ground Rattler Snake Ink (30ml Bottle) $12.50 (via Anderson Pens)
  • EDK Pen starting at $60 (via Karas Pen Co.)
  • Retro 51 Tornado Limited Edition Twinkle PPopper Rollerball $45 (via Anderson Pens)

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  1. Please let us know what you think of the book. As one who has Danish relatives and has been to Denmark, I’m a bit surprised it is labeled as the happiest country.

    It’s possibly a generational thing. The younger Danes seemed more at ease than the older ones. But then I visited there in the late 1990s.

    Do you use a glass dip pen? If so is there a brand you prefer?

    1. I used the J. Herbin smooth glass dip pen for ink testing for a long time until I accidentally dropped it and broke the tip. I’ve been meaning to purchase a new one and I quite like the fancier one pictured above.

      I will definitely do a follow-up about the book. I suspect their will be a whole book round-up on Hygge books later this year. 😉

  2. I have no idea where the NYTimes got that instruction of pronouncing hygge. I will get back once I have found a way of getting the correct y sound.

    I am also a bit curious about the book, and what it contains.

    While I don’t regard myself as a Dane, I am half Danish, and have lived in Denmark for a good while now.

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