Novelty says to us, "What if?" It entices us with the promise of something more than what we already have — even if what we already have is, certainly, enough.
I have a serious novelty problem. I like new things — trying out new recipes, going to new places, hearing new music, wearing new clothes (new to me, that is). Does that mean, at its root, that I am not satisfied with what I already have?
I bought this sweater because I had convinced myself that I needed a printed cardigan. I kept seeing printed cardigans on other people, in stores, in photos, until it became an unquestioned desire. I just needed one. Because I didn't already have one.
This is, of course, ridiculous. There is no way in which I need this sweater. But it does pass the KonMarie test of bringing me joy — which is something, after all. And speaking of novelty, I wore this outfit to do a little pre-work thrifting (because there's no way I'm missing 49-cent day) and wound up walking out with these:
Because obviously, I needed a pair of bright blue patent slingbacks with bows. Right?
Cardigan: Talbots, thrifted
Tights: Old Navy
Shoes: Franco Sarto, thrifted
Total cost to me: About $9