I found a positive side to being busy with appartment hunting and moving and and being frustrated with having less time to dedicate to the Nife: coming up with new, shorter post ideas to write and plan over the week-end. Creativity blossoms from limitations, is it? Today, an idea sprouted during a pre-move item editing: seven things that bring me joy.
1. Golden necklace from 7bis
My company organized a sort of Christmas gift market last December, inviting mostly small creators with a vast array of choice, from family-friendly board games to organic tea. Among them, this creator, 7bis, offering simple and delicate jewelry items. This particular necklace caught my eye, self gift. My golden set of jewelry is still very small, as I used to hate it when I was younger (maybe we come to appreciate yellow gold when we age?), so I'm slowly building a small capsule with creator items.
2. A tiny cactus
Just because. They were selling some of these in the flower shop I get my weekly bunch at, they've been poking at me for weeks. One day, I gave in and bought two. I'm so happy about this tiny cactus, it makes me smile every time I see it.
3. (Another) hand made tea cup
I found this one in Alsace during the Christmas break. We were strolling through the in-laws' town centre slowly, enjoying mulled wine and street decorations when we stumbled upon the little atelier of a craftsman. I had to leave with a teacup. So I did.
4. "Wild Bluebell" by Jo Malone
I believe those of you who follow me got several hints of this: I am quite smitten by the brand Jo Malone when it comes to perfume, ever since I discovered their Dark Amber and Ginger Lily scent back last Autumn. They invited me to visit their store for my birthday, and I used the opportunity to get advice on a more spring-friendly scent. I came out with Wild Bluebell, a light and airy perfume perfect for the season. Plus, I just finished the season 2 of Broadchurch, which involves Bluebells at some point, took it as a sign (human brains...).
5. A mineral egg on mineral stones in a jade cup on a chalk plate
This has been decorating my appartment for quite a while now. The chalk plate comes from a free set of verrines plus plates I got from a clothing shop ages ago, I brought the jade cup back from Thailand, and the minerals come from my childhood collection. I just like this little natural construction.
6. Rediscovered and cherished earrings
I bought these earrings in Japan in 2006. I remember where, I remember why. It was the time when I was refining my feminine-looking armor style of "I'm an adult and I want to be taken seriously". They ended up in storage along with all my other long earrings in spring 2011, and came to Paris last Autumn when le fiancé moved out of the appartment I'd been living in for 12 years before I moved to Paris. Which means sorting an entire cellar of stuff. I found these earrings and decided to give another try at longer earrings with my current style. Worked out perfectly, these are among my highest earring rotation now.
7. The perfect 2015 planner
I remember being disappointed, back in December, when I went to the stationary corner of the BHV store to find a planner. I thought they'd have tons of choices, but in the end, it was pretty conventional. I have to come to terms with the fact that there is nothing like the japanese Loft shop's stationary floor in France. I was looking at a small and compact planner after having used Moleskine for so long, just because they don't fit in my smallest "walk in the city" bag and it is unpractical. After roaming around for what must have been 45 minutes, I found this one from paperblanks. At first, I thought it would be too thick. But it isn't, it's perfect. It has this square month-per-page overview only japanese planners usually have, plus a one week on two pages detailed section. And these peacock like colours... Gives me joy every time I use it!
That's it for this short joyful things post. I'm not looking to push you to consumption with this, just trying to make a point that, even with a simple life, you can have a selected set of items in your life that make you happy, and that's OK. Also, this is an exercise of expressing gratitude over what I own instead of crafting wishlists. I hope you like it!