Our Pride and Joy: Elena

Meet Elena Andruhiv, our lovely Bristol Store Manager and all-round good egg. We wanted to introduce you to the Joy team and the people who make Joy, joyful so we sent her a few questions. To find out more about Elena, carry on reading and show her some love on her Instagram: wild_sheep_chase.

HOME IS:

Full of plants, cats and vintage furniture

WHAT BRINGS YOU JOY?

It’s the little things. The first cup of coffee of the day, walk along the river on a sunny day, waking up on a warm day with a window open and ice-cream, definitely ice-cream!

WHICH SONG ARE YOU PLAYING ON REPEAT ATM?

“Chains” by Fleetwood Mac

WHAT ITEM OF CLOTHING WILL YOU NEVER GET RID OF?

A vintage grey industrial dress I found at a flea market in Copenhagen. I hardly ever wear it but I could never part with it.

DO YOU HAVE A HIDDEN TALENT?

For some reason cats love me. Sometimes I meet them on the street and they walk across the road just to say hello.

I’ve had a cat come for a walk in the field with me once and it wasn’t even my cat!

WHEN YOU'RE FEELING LESS THAN JOYFUL HOW DO YOU CHEER YOURSELF UP?

I put on a bright lipstick and go out to a café with my favourite book, sit by the window. Doodle, read and watch people go by. And also my two cats: Wednesday & Trotsky, they always help

FAVOURITE BOOK/FILM/PODCAST?

Haruki Murakami “The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle”

I read a lot. I read all the time. And there are so many wonderful books. Too many to list. But there is something magical about the Murakami universe. He transports you to a different dimension. A dream world, not too dissimilar to ours but different enough for you to notice; just the right amount.

It's a world full of cats and jazz and deep wells at the bottom of which you can sit when you need to think, unusual phone calls and strange characters all with a story to tell. A world full of things that are there and not there simultaneously and where 10 minutes is all you need to understand each other.