It is a strange truth that the more digital everything is, the more attached I am to paper and pens. I’m not some sort of purposefully analogue dingbat – modernise or die! – but sometimes I just can’t think unless I’m writing something down with paper and pen, specifically, shopping lists and events.
So I have got everywhere little scraps of paper with, e.g., “nappies, Sudafed, milk, fish fingers” written on it in running-out biro. It’s not practical – I lose my lists all the time – but it somehow makes it all real.
And I do not have my diary on my phone like a normal person. I just can’t get my head round it. I hate having a diary on my phone. I am blessed with a strong visual memory (though zero spatial awareness or sense of direction) so I can pretty much close my eyes and visualise what the week looks like on my wall planner. I know there’s something there on Thursday night, even if I don’t know exactly what it is.
This is also not practical – I am often wrong.
And yet… and yet and yet I am drawn again and again to paper products. I stumbled across Kikki K the other day and was struck by how extremely lovely it all is – it fills a gap between Paperchase and Smythson. It’s a Swedish company (I feel we’re still a long way from peak Scandi) and everything is just so. It’s not just stationery, there are lovely work bags on there too, mugs, phone cases and other cute stuff. Some people might think too cute at times but I choose to suspend my cynicism with regards to this, and embrace the cute.
Here are a few of my favourites: