Getting Organised: Kate Spade Planner

I have wanted a Kate Spade planner for over a year. When I couldn’t get hold of this gold and cream polka dot diary this time last year, I opted for an Erin Condren one despite the cost of shipping because I fell in love with the metallic fleur de lis. This year, I have the opposite dilemma. I have a Kate Spade diary but I am still lusting after a new Erin Condren. This is why…

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The Kate Spade planner has a stunning cover. I adore the design and the sturdy, hardback cover and the concealed gold spiral binding. In terms of layout, it is a week to view which is perfect for me as I like to see, at a glance, everything that is coming up. It often helps me prepare, e.g. buy birthday cards on a Monday if there is a party at the weekend etc.

Each month has its own tab with a month to view at the beginning with notes on the side. There is a cute bucket list on all of the tab sheets and finally there are note pages at the end of each month to write a diary or highlights.

Despite all this, I am still not enamoured with the planner. I find the pages to be too thin and I really dislike seeing colour and text through the sheets. In terms of layout, Saturdays and Sundays can be just as busy for me as weekdays, if not busier but unfortunately, the weekend has half the space of a weekday. Finally, the elastic band on the back cover, in my opinion, makes the planner look cheap. It is black and thin and doesn’t really fit with the feel of the diary. I often find myself hiding it in pictures and when using it. It is practical, however, I think it could have been better designed.

I think, if I had started my planner love with the Kate Spade, I would have been happy with the flaws mentioned above as they are all fairly minor. Because I used the Erin Condren diary first, I am constantly comparing and find myself wishing I could justify buying a new one. I had thought I would use the Kate Spade for work, but it just wasn’t practical. I need an A4 day-to-view diary in the office as I like to keep everything in one place.

I won’t go in to huge detail in this post about the Erin Condren planner. I will just briefly summarise what I miss:

  • The motivational quotes and thankful though sections
  • All the colour – it definitely brightens up my days
  • The vertical week to view layout – Although the sections are narrow I like how it is so versatile (you can have labelled sections for yourself, children, husband, work, social media etc. and you can also draw, add stickers and photos).
  • The pages are so thick you can use different kinds of pens and colours without bleed through
  • The extras – an amazing choice of colours, designs, stickers, a clear zipped pouch, ruler bookmark etc.

In summary, the Kate Spade planner is beautiful, sturdy and definitely a great way to start organising your life. It is a reasonable price point, clear, formulaic and and simple to use. It looks great in Instagram photos and has a decent amount of space to plan your week. Avoid if you like a bit of colour, versatility and customisation. Have you tried either planners and what you like about it? I would say my heart lies with the Erin Condren. Bx

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Five Things I Like About Instagram

My husband, Andy, doesn’t really get Instagram. He and his friends call it Instant-Gran. Don’t ask me why, he told me but I didn’t understand!
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I however, love Instagram. I’ve met some lovely, lovely people through using it and really enjoy checking it daily, finding inspiration and seeing all the professional looking photos.

At the moment, I’m going through a phase of learning and exploring. I’m finding my identity as a mummy and I love using social media and blogging to do it. I feel like I am quite an expressive person so I love discovering, creating and sharing words, images and music.

In light of this, I thought I would share with you five things I like about Instagram:

  1. Meal inspiration – I often get a bit bored with food and eat just because I have too. Seeing a mouth watering dinner encourages me to firstly try something new and secondly to create a dish with ingredients I wouldn’t normally buy in a weekly shop.
  2. Noticing the little things – Does Instagram make you take a look around at the things you see everyday but never paid attention to? It did for me. I started seeing beauty in places I hadn’t looked closely before, seeing colour, contrast, patterns and symmetry.
  3. Motivation – So many wonderful quotes are shared on Instagram in beautifully written font or calligraphy. Whenever I feel blue and just want to hide under a duvet, I go to the ‘Explore’ tab and there are so many quotes in my feed. Lines from my favourite songs, poems from writers and excerpts from novels. My mood is uplifted and my faith renewed.
  4. The sense of community – As I mentioned earlier, one of the best things about Instagram is the friends that I have made from using it. Bonding over common interests, shared experiences and mutual appreciation of home decor. It is amazing how social media can connect you with likeminded souls half way across the world.
  5. Creating Art – Probably my most favourite thing about Instagram is how people can take a photo or create a picture that is visually appealing or thought provoking. It is an expression of mood of taste and style.

Of course this is not always the case. There is some utter sheet out there that is none of the above. Not even close. There are people who exploit it for their own benefit but hey, let’s not focus on the negative. When it is good, it is good and that’s what I like.

Do you like Instagram or do you prefer Twitter or Facebook? Let me know and feel free to connect with me through social media by clicking on the links to my pages. Bx