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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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Fashion & Beauty · Lifestyle

My Birthday Wish List

At the end of the month, I turn 34. I am slightly nervous about this because it is officially mid-30s. But you know, I’ve seen a few Instagram images encouraging us to embrace our ageing days as some people don’t have that privilege, so I’m going to focus on that and other such positive vibes.

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Rose Gold iPhone 6s, Lush Snow Fairy, Turquoise Glitter Diary,  Quote Mug, Kate Spade Watch

Growing up, we never had a lot of money so for birthdays my parents tended to give me a few little bits (often from Makro! Can you tell we were in the catering trade?) and a birthday card. It was only really when our family business built up a bit of steam that I was treated to some nicer gifts. What it has taught me, is the value of money. I don’t buy a lot of things and I only buy things that I feel that I will get a lot of use out of. My Chanel glasses for example cost £150 all in and I have worn them for the last five years as, thankfully, my prescription hasn’t changed. Anyway, what I am trying to say is I sometimes like to save up for some bigger purchase or ask for birthday money to put towards that and this is why my wish list may look like a strange combination of expensive and cheaper items.

The Rose Gold iPhone 6s is obviously the most expensive item here either on contract or to buy the handset alone. I am still in two minds about this because firstly, my current handset is the iPhone 5 and it is not in bad shape. I am tempted to wait for the iPhone 7 but I’m in love with the rose gold  and think, ‘Well what if that doesn’t come in that colour?’.

The Lush Snow Fairy shower gel is one of my most favourite smells of all time. It reminds me of eating Wham bars at a newsagents owned by my mum’s friend. I used to spend a lot of time there while my mum had a catch up on all the gossip.

I popped into Paperchase on Friday while Annabelle was in nursery and saw this beautiful Turquoise Glitter Diary. I have a Filofax but sometimes it’s just nice to have a book to record any important events.

I saw this Quote Mug on Caroline Hiron’s Instagram feed but I’m not sure if she got it from the Etsy shop as they only seem to deliver to the US. I might have to see if I can find a UK supplier because I really, really want it!

Admittedly, I don’t need a new watch. I have three and at £175, I can’t justify spending that much money. If I won the lottery though, this Kate Spade Watch is just too adorable to miss! Pink AND flamingos. Amazing!

Do you have anything you are currently lusting over? Let me know what is on your wish list. Bx