A STATE OF COMFORT

New month, and time to look back at the month that was and reflect. With the heatwave sweeping across Europe it has been exceptionally hot this summer, which has been a challenge for many. Here in Italy it has been hot (like it is every summer) but I can feel that my body is getting more and more used to it. I have learned how to cope with the heat and the importance of slowing down. One habit I have started is to have a little siesta in the middle of the day when the temperature is at its hottest, and I can see it resulting in a rise of productivity in the evening when it is finally fresher. This little habit has become my way of finding comfort during summer, a new way of incorporating hygge in my life.

Even though hygge is a popular winter concept with cozy blankets & candles, it is not just about material things but about the feeling it brings. Because of that hygge in not just for winter, it can actually be enjoyed during summer too. For me, it is about slowing down, spending time with people you love, being out in nature breathing in the fresh air & enjoying the little moments like for instance a refreshing ice cream or a bowl of strawberries. What about a relaxing picnic in the park, a bike ride or visiting your favourite local cafe for a delicious iced coffee?

If you need more inspiration on how to practice hygge this perios, check out my blogpost with tips. The next few weeks will be mostly spent packing our lives down in boxes ready for our move (which I will share more about soon) but I am making sure we have lots of little hygge moments in between.

Have you found #thatscandinavianfeeling this summer? If so, do share it on Instagram with the hashtag so we can all inspire each other. I am loving seeing all your posts so far and seeing how you slow down and enjoy the season. Every month I feature four moments shared in the feed by you, and below you can find this month’s selection. These monthly little catch-ups are a great way to get to know each other and to discover new accounts, so make sure you click through to see more of their beautiful feeds and give them a follow.

1 // @_chiffe_
“When I came across the hashtag #thatscandinavianfeeling I quickly jotted it down. Although I have only ever been to Scandinavia once and very briefly, it has long been on my travel wishlist and I have a great appreciation of what I believe to be Scandinavian principles and ways of being. To me, they are primarily grounded in a strong connection with and respect for nature and a natural way of life: light, space, the seasons, natural materials, a slower pace, sustainability. Bringing the outdoors in and the indoors out.

I tagged this particular picture because it was the first time in a long while that I had taken time to walk in my garden just to take it all in. To feel the grass under my feet and see how the plants were doing. I ended up slowly harvesting some lavender to take indoors and was wearing a vintage skirt, I had just found in storage. One that I had decided to keep for sentimental reasons, rather than adding it to my shop. My love of vintage clothes started when I worked in an antique clothing boutique in London’s Holland Park in the 90s. The vintage revolution had just started to kick off. It was a slip dress bought in that same shop by Helena Christensen and worn to London Fashion week that helped start it. Wearing vintage wasn’t very common in the UK in those days, but apparently, it was more so in her native Denmark. Vintage clothes fit beautifully with Scandinavian culture. Sustainable. Natural materials. Often handmade. Passing on heirlooms to the next generations.

It’s a lovely hashtag which I hope to use more in the future. It reminds me of many things I value in my life and will help spur me to prioritize them more.”

2 // @alinatranphotography
“Scandinavian summers are short but intense – you have to cram up everything into a couple of months before the cold sets in again. For me strawberries are the quintessence of summer, when the Norwegian strawberries are on the market, then you know it’s high summer. That Scandinavian feeling describes all this for me: the cool days by the sea, all the berries, all the pretty people.”

You can find her recipe for the no knead bread in her image on her blog.

3 // @hegeinfrance
“To me that Scandinavia feeling is a mixture of slow living, nature and minimalism. Black and white goes so well with wood and green plants. I think it’s the balance that is important. The emphasis is on living well without too much. Bringing the outside in and getting inspiration from nature is also of great importance.”

4 // @rachelyaejin
“That Scandinavian feeling is a transcendent vibe. It’s an energy that’s created when everything is aligned. It is a state of comfort – like when you’re with your loved ones but have no obligation to speak. Or you’re away from daily stressors and have time to breathe. You can wake up as the sun comes up and not have anything in particular to do. It’s a state that reminds you that you’ll be more than okay.”

I hope you do join in and share your moments too by adding the hashtag. How do you find a Scandinavian feeling wherever you are? How are you enjoying the little things in life?

And if you haven’t already, make sure you head over to the #thatscandinavianfeeling feed and have a browse of all the entries we have had so far by clicking on the hashtag below:

Ingrid Opstad

That Scandinavian feeling is a blog by Ingrid Opstad, a Norwegian journalist living in Italy. Ingrid wants her blog to represent the feeling of coziness and calm with a Nordic simplistic, minimalistic style. The blog is intended to share her knowledge and love for Scandinavia; touching upon everything from interiors, design, lifestyle, travel to hygge. A place where you can get inspired to find that Scandinavian feeling yourself, no matter where in the world you are.

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