When I was in London I found myself entranced by something I normally don’t tend to spend a lot of money on – notebooks. I have been carrying around my trusty Moleskines faithfully for years, they are black and unobtrusive and do their job well enough.
I knew of Smythson of Bond Street and its aspirationally priced range of leather goods and stationery of course, but I had never actually taken note (yes, bad pun, I know!).
I managed to pass by the Bond Street flagship store twice without caving, but when repeatedly confronted by their concessions at Harrods and Selfridges I could no longer resist. The time was right for me to explore their offerings in-depth.
I brought home with me this gorgeous nile-blue package containing a nifty diary for those of us who find they don’t want to go on with their lives Smythson-free in the middle of the year.
This diary starts in Mid-May (on the 19th to be exact and as that is my birthday, I had no choice but to take it as a sign) and runs until July of the next year. So all my dire diary needs are taken care of until the middle of 2015.
The diary is covered in navy-coloured lambskin, the pages are gilt-edged and made from very thin, lightblue paper called “feather-weight” that is fountain pen proof and watermarked. In short: one could say it screams luxury, but I find it rather whispers class and elegance.
In addition to the diary I just had to pick up a companion to hold my notes for blogging, writing my book and life in general.
This notebook is a warm grey colour, features lined pages in the same Smythson signature paper as the diary and has an inner back pocket to fit cards or whatnot.
Smythson paper is fabulous to write on if you are using a fountain pen, which I do. I find a fountian pen writes so much nicer than any ballpoint pen or pencil and my handwriting is much improved when I write with the easy flow of ink rather than dragging a ballpoint pen across the pages.
The notebooks and diaries are available in a plethora of colours and sizes and yes, they are not cheap. At all.
Hopefully there will be no accusatory discussion about money, because it is everyones business how and what to spend their money on. We don’t need any of the little luxuries that make life pretty of course. But need is not the point here.
If you are looking for something that makes writing feel like a pleasure, something that makes mundane things like organizing your life special, Smythson will surely make you happy. Just looking at those two small books makes me smile, handling them is a sensory pleasure and writing in them feels just plain great.
I try to look to beauty everywhere in my life. I want to be surrounded by beautiful and functional things. If I have to have something anyway, it might as well be pretty too.
Take a look at the Smythson of Bond Street website here.
What do you use to write? Are you like me drawn to good old pen to paper action or is it digital all the way for you?
What is your take on functionality vs. beauty?
P.S.: Please excuse the wobbly photos but my phone’s camera seems to be shot, because I dropped the thing. :(