Things I Bought That I Love: Paris Street Style Colouring Book

Things I Bought That I Love highlights the (hopefully) rare, carefully considered new purchases that spark joy in this aspiring minimalist.

Paris Street Style Coloring Book by Zoe De Las Cases next to colored pencils and a peony. Colouring book and coloured pencils from Chapters Indigo #indigofaves.

I know, I know: two Things I Bought posts in one week? What, is "aspiring minimalist" some sort of joke? The truth is, April has alternately been dragging my spirits down or pulling me in all directions, which explains why the blog has been a little light on content lately. There have been good parts (our patio makeover, finalizing the wedding invitations, stepping up my Bar Method attendance and #sweatingforthewedding) and not-so-good things (the neck spasm, the lingering cough from a severe cold, being really busy at work). Amidst the chaos, reaching for my Paris Street Style Colouring Book ($21 at Indigo) has soothed my soul on more than one occasion.

Adult colouring books have become a huge trend the past few months. Colouring is supposed to promote a sense of calm and mindfulness, and even if that weren't the case, the artful illustrations and sense of nostalgia it evokes (remember elementary school and Crayolas?) are enough to make any adult curious. I've been wanting to try it for myself, but have been holding out for the right colouring book: something style-minded with lots of detailed drawings and variety, such as those by Zoe De Las Cases. Evidently I'm not the only one looking for such a colouring book because her previous volumes, Secret Paris and Secret Tokyo, have been scarce in my local Indigo bookstores.

Her latest, Paris Street Style: A Coloring Book, contains more of the same sort of illustration. On one page, the back of a girl's head with a braided updo; on the next, a dozen different types of shoes. Then a Parisian street-scape in front of the Dior storefront, followed by a page with a dozen different skirts or a geometric/floral pattern.

I've whiled away many a happy, oblivious hour this month colouring in bouquets and Breton stripes on the couch while the boy watches an action movie on Netflix. And can we talk about that black-and-gold cover with the wraparound ribbon and the bookmark? This colouring book is decidedly a notch more luxe than the rest.

Have you hopped on the adult colouring book bandwagon? I'd love to know what you have!

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