As much as I love an amazing app or a brilliantly designed new gadget (Cue, I’m talking to you), there are still some things that even the best digital tech can’t do better than analog. Here are three of my new favorite old-school indulgences:
L’Assistant from Papier Tigre. This perpetual agenda book hails from France, and brings all the continental style you could want. Headers like “trouvez du bon temps” (“find some good times”) printed on the calendar pages and “soyez ponctuel” (“be on time”) written above a très chic gray-shaded time zone map, beg for a pretty pen and thoughtful jottings. Tear-out note pages even offer instructions for artistically folding them like origami. Oui, s’il vous plaît!
Nicely Noted. I’m crazy about online cards (see here). But the crown jewel of greeting cards can be created only on paper: letterpress, made by impressing words and illustrations into thick card stock. Nicely Noted curates boutique-made, handcrafted cards that not only look but also feel beautiful in your hand. For $20, you can get three gorgeous, blank notecards every month. Even better, the cards come with stamps, so you won’t only admire them…you’ll be sure to send them, too. They give new meaning to “love notes.”
Short Stack Editions. There’s still nothing like propping open a recipe book on the counter while you cook (and not worrying about splattering your mobile device with tomato sauce). Short Stack publishes charming, single-subject cookbooks written by culinary experts. Each one is filled with creative ways to prepare its title ingredient—say, strawberries, eggs, or sweet potatoes. And even if the best thing you make is reservations, any of these books would look great on a kitchen shelf.
In a high-tech world, sometimes, it’s worth taking a page out of history.
Are there low-tech things that you can’t live without? Tell me in the comments!