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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Estee Lauder Foundation – First Impressions

Last year (OK it was only November but it was still last year!), I purchased the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation as I have read lots of reviews about it and wanted to see if it was worth the hype.

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I was using the Bourjois Healthy Mix foundation however, as much as I like my complexion when I wear it, I just don’t think it has the staying power or coverage that I need. So I thought I would try the Double Wear foundation as I heard it is great to meet these two needs.

When I applied it, even with a good moisturiser, my skin did look slightly patchy up close. It is fine from a normal distance, e.g. friend width apart! but probably not as attractive for ‘friends with benefits’ closeness. Oddly enough, the finish did improve with a translucent powder on top. I used the Mac Mineralise Skinfinish natural powder in shade medium.

On camera, I think the finish looks quite natural but it could do with a slight dew or glow as it is a tad too matte. I will continue to use it until it is finished and might try a different powder with a subtle shimmer to give a warmer appearance in the meantime, but I think I will definitely shop around when the bottle is empty.

One pro of this foundation is that it has staying power. It lasts all day and can be tough to remove without a decent cleansing routine. I have to start with a face wipe before using my Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish.

One con of the Double Wear is the packaging. The bottle doesn’t have a pump or pipette which would be useful when applying in a rush or in an early morning blur. I am always slightly paranoid that I will spill it everywhere and I have to make sure that my kids don’t get hold of it as I imagine it will stain our carpets and soft furnishings if they do.

Overall, I would say that my first impressions of the Estee Lauder Double Wear foundation would be great for coverage and longevity but a bit matte in appearance. Have you tried Double Wear? What are your thoughts on the foundation? Bx