Enchanting Elyx and a trip to California

We are inundated on the internet these days with content ranging from photos, news, material things to cooking ideas, perhaps searching for ways to find inspiration or infuse inspiration into our own lives, in any way that we can.

I tend to read the “top ten Instagram accounts, Twitter accounts, Persicope accounts you should follow” posts for inspiration. Recently, I thought it was through one of those posts that I found Elyx. You might wonder what or who Elyx is before clicking the link. I’ll tell you what Elyx is – he is a stick figure creatively drawn at a moment’s notice around Paris (and other cities) by French artist Yacine Ait Kaci. Elyx is my favorite Instagram account.  I uncovered this little gem all on my own. And because I’m such a giving spirit, I had to share him with you, too.

I have an utter fascination with the level of joy that can be inspired from a stick figure. How does he come up with these creative things so quickly. I can only imagine Yacine’s mind as he scouts locations, then pauses briefly as he sketches Elyx in some enchanting way without words that will immediately evoke a smile the second you see him. A quick snap of Yacine’s camera shutter of Elyx in his sketchbook cartoon world intertwined in our reality, and poof, it’s magic. Most of the time words aren’t necessary because Elyx is without a doubt universal. Sometimes Elyx is protecting La Tour Eiffel from rain with his trusty umbrella, being a flower child under the muguet’s bell-shaped flower, or sneaking a midnight kiss. Elyx is a free spirit, embracing a reality that without a doubt I think he wishes he could just jump right into himself. His creator has certainly given us something to ponder, is the artist this free spirit, immersing a touch of love and a smile everywhere he goes? I’d like to think so. He’s intrigued me for sure. I know I’m sporting a bit of a crush on that free loving spirit of Elyx. What will Elyx be doing next or where will he turn up? You can find Elyx in several places: Facebook, Instagram, Website, and Twitter.

Elyx on the roof of L'Opera Garnier in Paris.  Courtesy of @elyxyak instagram Elyx, I feel the same way when I see that view, too.
Elyx on the roof of L’Opera Garnier in Paris. Courtesy of @elyxyak instagram
Elyx, I feel the same way when I see that view, too.

In the midst of writing this article, I found out that Elyx wanted to come to California and see my beach! Can you believe the luck? I couldn’t wait to show him around and see what joy he could create for others. First, he had to make his trip through cyberspace. Second, he had to be properly printed on just the right Elyx paper and we were ready to explore.

I had a lot of fun with Elyx but I will say, this is not as easy as Yacine makes this appear. There are so many things to consider when taking Elyx out to show him the town! Yacine definitely excels at perfecting Elyx and placing him just so. I only hope I did him justice. I wound up taking 44 shots of Elyx on Friday. He enjoyed volleyball on the beach with some California girls. I heard he loved it so much he might decide to stay. How much fun would that be? I’m constantly thinking of how Elyx would enjoy the beach lifestyle. He lounged in the sand, played under the pier, learned to surf, caught bubbles on the pier by one of the shop owners, and hung out under the Pacific Coast Highway sign.  I had a lot of laughs and smiles around me while people watched me set up Elyx in the sand. I had people try to photobomb him and everything! Below are the few shots I felt were worthy of your eyes. I even painted my nails “A-List” Essie red for him.

Elyx catching some rays near Huntington Beach Pier
Elyx enjoying the overcast day near Huntington Beach Pier
Elyx wading in the water under the Pier.
Elyx dipping his toes in the water under the Pier.
Elyx learned to surf, and like everything else, he is a pro at it!
Elyx learned to surf, and like everything else, he is a pro at it! This photo had some help from Yacine. I definitely think he improved this photo ten fold, don’t you?

I also took Elyx to my sister’s house for Mille Bornes on Saturday night. She said she could draw a stick figure. I said OK, go ahead. Now I know from experience that my own stick figures are awful. We both come from the same gene pool and so are hers. By the end of the evening, my sister and my brother in law were deciding where we should put Elyx in their house. Sunday, I woke up to my brother in law’s tag on Facebook to his own drawings of a stick figure he’s donned “Mr. Illicit” (by 3 p.m. Mr. Illicit even had a cape and a phone booth). See Elyx, you’ve changed my world in just a few short hours of playing Mille Bornes with my family! Listening to my niece giggle and aw at Elyx in Paris on his Instagram account was darling, too.

Sunday, we went back to the beach. Elyx needed to have a gloriously sunny day to soak up some rays. I also couldn’t let down Yacine or Elyx. You can also see the majority of the photos I took from the weekend on my Instagram account or the Instagram feed on the front page of my blog. Elyx’s creator really has something special here. He knows exactly how to tap into Elyx’s free spirit and playfulness and relate it to his audience. Don’t we all need more of that in our lives?

See Elyx! I told you the sun would come out!
See Elyx! I told you the sun would come out!
Elyx becoming an official Huntington Beach Lifeguard
Elyx lounging in the sun. He’s got this California lifestyle down!
Elyx ended the day by becoming an official Huntington Beach Lifeguard. A touch of magic and his lifeguard shorts are red (merci, Yacine)
Elyx ended the day by becoming an official Huntington Beach Lifeguard. A touch of magic and his lifeguard shorts are red (merci, Yacine)

Once you have had a chance to see Elyx in action, come back and tell me your thoughts! I know he’s going to brighten your Monday, now go on! What are you waiting for? Go get your Elyx smiles! I know you’ll love him just as much as I do.

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