This week, Chantelle Ellem – aka Instagram personality Fat Mum Slim – posted a photo of her new, and very glamorous bathmat. “Is it weird that this bath mat is bringing me handfuls of joy?” she wrote.
No, I thought, wearing the new pink and green-enamel earrings I’d picked up a few days earlier, which made me smile every time I caught sight of them in a mirror.
The thing is, when the world seems overwhelmingly dark and difficult, there is joy to be found in small luxuries. They don’t have to be expensive, but they do need to lift your mood every time you look at them or put them on.
As Iris Murdoch wrote in The Sea, The Sea: “One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats, and if some of these can be inexpensive and quickly procured, so much the better.”
So this week, our stylist Tara Morris has selected 12 gorgeous items – from a soft wool throw to some pretty Oroton hoops – in case you, too, need to gift yourself a little happiness.
Main image courtesy of Net-A-Porter, styled by Kristen Nielle