Pocket Filofax Malden in Kingfisher Blue

Hi Everyone!

WARNING – PICTURE HEAVY POST! 😉

After an agonising 5 day wait, today I finally received my Pocket Malden in Kingfisher Blue. Oh my. It’s a beauty.

All over the bank holiday weekend I worked on inserts for it and, inspired by the colour, I decided to stay vibrant and go for a mermaid type of theme. You know my Filofaxes always seem to have themes!

I’ve used a lot of papers from “Hunkydory’s Twilight Under The Sea” collection and also the “First Edition Beyond The Shore” to create these dividers, markers note papers etc.

It’s by no means finished yet, but I just couldn’t wait for you to see it!And so, without further ado, please meet my latest addition 🙂

When I took it out of the box, I did my new favourite thing to do with the lived in Malden range – I massaged it with Coconut Oil so that it became buttery and soft and aged.

In the pockets I have an In Case of Emergency card that I created on Excel and stuck onto one of the scrapbook cards. In the pocket behind is a sticky notes section full of little tiny sticky notes – from Dovecraft. The Dashboard is an absolutely beautiful piece of art I just had to print out from Pinterest. It’s perhaps my favourite mermaid illustration ever. It’s so vibrant and mystical!

Behind the dashboard, another Pinterest find which is again, sublime! Then I have a credit card pocket with a die cut or topper from the Twilight Under the Sea range.

My tabs were all created using the “We R Memory Keepers” Bracket Tab and the labels were simply created in Excel, cut out very roughly and stuck onto the tabs with packing tape. I’ve used no laminate in this filofax.

The Today Bookmark was made with the “Twilight Inder The Sea” Cardstock and again, the labels were created on Excel, cut out very roughly and stuck onto the card.

Lastly I created this credit card holder with side pocket which I’m still not sure about… I don’t know if I’ll be keeping it in here just yet!

And that’s it! Like I say, I’m still setting things up and things are likely to move around as I find what works for me – it’s been a VERY long time since I was in a Pocket Filofax!

Pocket users – how do you utilise yours!? Any ideas will be great fully received 🙂

Until next time – carry on planning!

Kel

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Filofax Personal Malden Ochre

These Malden’s are the same age. I know, crazy isn’t it! They were both taken out of the box the weekend and yet the one to the right looks really worn in and the patina looks supple and shiny through years of use.

I have to admit, I’m kind of in love with the one on the right, a lot!

I’m going to tell you the tale of the 2 Personal Malden’s in Ochre:

Firstly, I’ve been away from my Filofaxes for a good 18 months or so. I’ve felt that I didn’t really need to be planning at work so much and I promised I could keep it all in my head… and what ended up happening was a lot of agreeing to go somewhere or do something only to be contacted weeks or months later asking where I was as I’d organised something and forgotten about it!

I figured I needed something. So I tried my Travelers Notebook and then a Moleskine, and then a “normal” diary from Laura Ashley. All with very little success.

So I decided before the weekend I would go back to my trusty old Filofax, or rather, a new, trusty Filofax hehe. I had seen on one of the Filofax Facebook groups that a few people had gotten their Kingfisher Blue Malden’s and I kind of really wanted one: a lot (spoiler, I ordered one…!). But I also spotted the Ochres on sale on Amazon, and I had always been one foot in the Ochre camp; whenever I went into WHSmiths to feel then though, they felt quite… plasticky and not as soft as I thought they’d be. But in my moment of weakness, it didn’t stop me as I ordered from Amazon and received the very next day.

When it arrived, I was so excited I opened it up but to discover that there were 2017 diary inserts (which was fine, but I thought I would let Amazon know just in case they had any issues with any other customers etc) and they told me I needed to return the Filofax and get a replacement. I told them I didn’t want to return it, and I just wanted to get the correct inserts instead. After too-ing and fro-ing I eventually agreed to return and they would send a replacement the next day.

The next day, the replacement arrived and again, it was the 2017 inserts, so now I had 2 Ochre Malden’s, but both with 2017 inserts. I got onto Amazon to let them know that I had still received 2017 inserts, and they credited me £5 to my account so I could purchase 2019 inserts.

The collection of the original was supposed to happen today however they never turned up, and I ended up on the phone to Amazon and even offered to deliver it to their branch, which is opposite my workplace.

Amazon turned around and told me that they didn’t want the Filofax back, and I could dispose of it or do what I like with it. So effectively, I have 2 Ochre Malden’s that I’ve only paid for 1 and it was in a sale as it was!

Anyway…! The one on the right was the replacement and when I took it out of the box it felt a little plasticky, so I decided I would try my normal method of moisturising it, but with coconut oil instead of normal moisturiser. After rubbing the oil onto the surface of the empty binder, I noticed it getting darker in places and I initially panicked, wondering if it was taking the colour off the leather. But it suddenly felt so soft, buttery and luxurious, I had to keep on going! The colour you see above is after 2 attempts of coconut oil, and I think it looks beautifully aged and rustic and very loved.

Even the grain looks better and more moisturised.

I have to say, it’s even much more pliable than the untouched one!

What do you prefer? A brand spanking new Malden that looks absolutely pristine, or so you prefer one that looks a little more weathered and aged?

Until next time keep planning!

Kel

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The Search Continues: Personal Filofax Red Amazona WHERE ARE YOU?

Agh!

I have been reduced to hunting the Facebook pages.  Searching that model name over and over to the point of feeling crazed.  I’ve even scouted old blog posts and Facebook planner page posts from about a year ago etc and messaged, yes, messaged, people asking if they still owned their beautiful red Personal Amazona that I am so jealous of them for owning… and seeing if they would ever part ways with the delectable model.

What’s happening to me?!

In other news, you may be aware I’m getting rid of the Deco!  Yup, Daisy is moving on…  she’s here if you fancy a peek:

Daisy is Moving – get a chance to own her HERE

Originally she was up for offers on the Facebook pages but after the allotted time passed and she had no interest…. poof!  She’s now at Auction.  Poor thing 😉

ALSO!  The Purple Personal Malden finishes on Tuesday – so don’t miss out on a chance to own!

You can find the Purple Malden HERE

In personal news, apart from becoming a complete brand snob and coveting a red/oxblood Mulberry Bayswater, I am gearing up for my upcoming break in the next couple of weeks to CORNWALL!  We are staying in a super duper posh hotel in Newquay and I can barely wait.  I know this is going to sound bizarre, but anyone who lives inland will completely agree with me here – I cannot wait to see the sea.  No idea why because it terrifies me – but there’s something about the sea that pulls me… I love it.

Anyway, I think that’s enough from me!  How are you getting on?

Kel

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Filofax – The Affair

Hello Everyone!

A huge apology for being so quiet lately, I’ve been so busy with a new partner in my life. It’s been pretty full on over Christmas and New Year, so naturally, everything else gets put on the back burner and I really really don’t feel like doing anything after work other than falling to sleep on the sofa… Hey, I’m hibernating. It is winter, you know!

But anyhow, lately I purchased a black pocket Malden from my local TK Maxx store, convinced that this is THE Organiser: I love the compact cute looks, the super soft leather, the lived in look etc… And after 2 months of using it (and believe it or not, 4 or 5 months of using a pocket size…!) I want a change.

My Malden was decorated with Victorias Secret logo’s and backgrounds, sparkly stuff everywhere. But I want an Affair.

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Not with another fella, because this one is pretty groovy, but I mean the Temperley “The Affair” Organiser.

And then I want a Made In Chelsea posh style interior.

Any ideas? I can’t seem to find one ANYWHERE!?

Help wanted please?

Lots of love

Kel
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Review – Filofax Personal Malden in Purple

Recently I got the chance to review a Purple Personal Filofax Malden.  I was not paid to write this review – all thoughts are completely my own.

Some of you may be aware that I used to own a Grey Personal Malden.  I loved it so much, I would moisturise it with Valentino so it would smell as well as feel good.  I kid you not.  The leather on it was to die for – the texture was so soft, supple and wrinkled, it reminded me of an Elephant.  It looked expensive yet accessible, well made; with that done-undone look I love so much.  You know – the business look with a slight casual edge.  Or vice versa.  For me, the only let down was the colour – it was slightly too bland for me in the end, and so we parted ways and my beautiful Grey left for the shores of America.

So when I received the Purple Personal Malden, I admit I was slightly shocked!

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It did not come in a beautiful black presentation box, but a clear plastic protector-sheath.  Although that’s not what I’m reviewing, I must admit that for the amount these binders are, I still think packaging is key.  But nonetheless, I figured Filofax must be undergoing a re-brand etc.

The one thing I did like about the packaging was that the back showed a picture of the interior, something the old boxes would never do.  

I quickly unwrapped the plastic to reveal the binder in all of it’s loveliness.  

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The colour was rich, the contrast stitching really noticeable, the all familiar Malden had seduced me once again.  As this is not a description review (you can find this as well as measurements etc on The Filofax UK Website – Malden Personal Organiser Details Page) I took out the inserts only to give you a quick idea of how the layout looks:

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As you can see, the stitching and the colour is absolutely divine.  The zip is smooth and easy to open even with just one hand (for those looking at utilising this binder as a wallet function), all credit card slots and pockets are very accessible – the leather is extremely soft and pliable.  

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This is the kind of organiser that looks like it can mix business with pleasure, depending on your mood, inserts, usage etc.  You can style it however you want and the Malden will still find a way to make it look good.  It’s eye-catching; that’s for sure, but it doesn’t have that ‘in your face’ bling about it (unless you want to fill it with bling!).  It’s refined, well put together, durable and not showy by any means.  It’s country-homely but it wouldn’t look out of place in the big cities.  

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While it certainly doesn’t feel as soft and supple as my Grey, the Purple Malden does have it’s own unique, smoother feel.  I would go as far as to say it is on par with the Ochre Malden’s smoothness.  Like all Personal Malden’s, it does lie flat and it’s just as floppy.  Getting a scratch or stain on a Malden seems to add to the rustic, casual, laid back, traveler style of the binder, so toss it in your work bag – be as rough as you please – the Malden is a real workhorse for real busy people.

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And just because I’m feeling generous, I’m going to love and leave you with more photographs of how I’m using mine!  How do you use yours??

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Don’t forget, you can get yours at the Filofax store on Filofax UK Website Malden

Until next time, have a good day!

Kel

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Filofax Changes – Selling A Couple Of My Filo’s!

Hi Everyone!

I’ve sold my Malden!  There, it’s out there.  My lovely Grey is departing for the fairer shores of the USA tomorrow morning to his new home.

I’m on this whole self improvement thing and for me, it’s all about cleansing my surroundings.  I’ve sold lots of things, thrown out lots of things, and now it’s time to whittle down my Filofax Collection.  So, in addition to my Malden’s departure, I am also selling the linked Filofaxes:

My Slimline Finsbury in Black – never used perfect rings, 2013 week on one page diary and telephone contact tabs.  Comes in slide in box.  Perfect for whipping out in business meetings!

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161144249188

 

My Personal Breast Cancer Awareness Hot Pink Filofax – only used to carry contact business cards around with me whilst I was in my reps role.  No inserts or box.

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/161144253189

 

And there we have it!  Feel free to take a look at the listing and place a bid 🙂

Another thing regarding Filofax, I am currently on the hunt for the PERFECT 2014 diary inserts for me.  I’m currently having some printables designed for me by Sharn of the fantastic FilofaxPrintables shop on Etsy.  Her designs are so gorgeous, I just HAD to contact her and ask her to use her “Perrrfect World” design and customise it to suit my needs.  I’m so excited to see it – and when I do, I’ll have to show it off to you 🙂

In the meantime, here is the link to Sharn’s Etsy Shop for you to drool over her beautiful designs.  Don’t forget, she is available to customise the designs to your requirements!

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/FilofaxPrintables?ref=l2-shopheader-name

 

In other news, I had my first ever microdermabrasion session today and I love the results already!  I fully recommend pampering and treating yourself, especially when you feel low or in limbo etc.  Get yourself a sense of purpose, a catalyst, a muse, a direction, a REASON… and go for it.  Indulge, splurge, live a little, enjoy life, have a goal and work towards it using small tasks of loveliness to urge you on and make you feel amazing.

Because as L’Oreal so decadently put it – You’re Worth It.

Much Love – stay creative!

Kel

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Autumn/Winter Filofax?

Hm…

In my last post I wasn’t sure of my lively, exciting orange Osterley lived up (or rather, down) to the spooky Halloween season. The more I looked at my subdued, gothy style new dividers made from the “gorguss” range, the more I figured that my poor Osterley was far too happy and joyful and… Summery… To be mournful and rather fitting with Halloween/the “gorjuss” range.

So I tried something.

I tried my inserts in my grey Malden.

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Just to remind you, this is what it looked like in my Osterley:

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Now I’m faced with a dilemma because I do love my Osterley soooooooo much: but I think the “gorjuss” range just complements the Malden far too much.

What do you think??!

Kel

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Filofax Personal Malden V’s Filofax Personal Osterley

Good Morning!

I’m back and armed with so much stuff to get through today, I may have to spread it over a couple of posts – you lucky people!!

I promised a couple of posts ago that I would compare my Malden and my Osterley, and I actually took a few photo’s ready to show you there and then… but as you know life and ex-boyfriends get in the way and you’re forced to sort out a lot of mind warps before you can consider sitting down and actually doing something productive (like blogging, ahem…!)

So here we go, lets see if I can get through this post without being called away, eh!

First up, a snapshot of side by side comparison:

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It was a really sunny day in my living room on the day I took these photo’s – the orange of the Osterley looks pretty blinding!  My apologies!

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The Malden is a matt leather, very soft and luxurious – extremely floppy and malleable (especially when moisturised!) It has a very long clasp (so easy to fill those rings up) and the stitching really gives it that casual and long time use feel.

The Osterley is almost patent in comparison, a smooth leather with a high end stylish texture.  It is rigid and structured in comparison to the Malden’s laid back feel.  The clasp is also shorter – it’s quite a ruthless binder almost 😉

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One thing I was really surprised to find out is how much larger the Malden is to the Osterley – it doesn’t look it here, but when you have a full binder that extra little bit really is the difference to your tabs being bent due to your pens in the pen loop.  I’m not sure if I’ve ever come across any reviews mentioning this before.

But anyway – on to the interior – the Malden has all the card slots where you need them at the front – all together.  The slots are extremely supple and malleable to access your cards or items.  There is also a small shallow zip pocket and a full length pocket behind the card slots.  All are very easy to access quickly due to the soft leather.  It also means that you can (and in my case, WILL) store WAY more than you probably need so it’s very easy to overstuff.  Sometimes Malden’s don’t look right unless they are packed!  At the back of the Malden, there is a top deep pocket and a full length side pocket matching the front.  Again, very easy to over-stuff ;).  The back of the Malden comes with a full leather pen loop. 

The Osterley is a little strict when it comes to overstuffing.  It just won’t have it (unless you want to put the clasp under stress and cause the tabs to be even more bent ;).  Instead, the front of the binder believes you can only have 4 cards and one full length pocket.  They are quite sturdy so aren’t as malleable to slide cards and other items in and out of the pockets, but they are still pretty accessible.  The front of the binder comes with a part leather, part elastic pen loop which is perfect for left handers like myself, and for those that love chunky pens.  The back of the Osterley finds another 2 card slots, another full length pocket and another part leather, part elastic pen loop.

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And here is Ozzie in action!  

Next up is what is inside and how I organise my planner 🙂

Til next time – happy planning!

Toodles

Kel

 

Ozzie is here! Filofax Personal Orange Osterley has arrived – and he’s not alone!

Hello everyone!

After a week of excitement and crazy parcel tracking, I popped online at work today to see a message on the Parcelforce website Track & Trace service saying “Delivered & Signed For” – by myself!

I sat at work for a couple of minutes wondering if I was actually dreaming or whether I was in fact really at home and had signed for a Parcelforce package.  Nope – I was definitely at work.  So I wondered who the deuce had signed for the package on my behalf…!

I’ve been able to leave work to work from home this afternoon so I shot home to find a message from the Parcelforce team saying they had signed on my behalf and had hidden the package in an area they had access to.  PERFECT!

Here is is right now, sitting on my living room floor – I’ll go through this with you because I am super super excited!

Again, I’ll mention to you that Stefanie was absolutely fantastic to deal with – she has stayed within the Osterley Range and now has an A5 – so Ozzie has a big brother 😉

I wondered how something so small could require such a large parcel!

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My very first RAK!  All I keep saying is:  “Oh my gosh!  Oh my gosh – how did Stefanie know I wanted those Frixion colour pens and bohemian washi tape?!”  I am feeling so amazed and happy and warm and fuzzy right now, I can’t stop smiling!  It’s my lucky day 🙂 (once I’d calmed down I realised I’d posted my RAK wishlist on my blog and I know Stefanie had read my blog, so maybe she wasn’t psychic like I’d thought originally in my blonde excited haze haha!)

I received a little note alongside from Stefanie herself saying she hoped Ozzie reached me well and thanking me for being so nice – oh, bless her – she is so sweet!  Thank you Stefanie!

So now, turning back to the box…

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Peeking out of the packed paper, here he is, all boxed up…

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And another little note as soon as I open the box to reveal the usual Filofax protective thin paper:

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What a lovely note 🙂  I may need to laminate that and keep it with him 🙂

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Here he is!  I’m in love already 🙂

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Ozzie arrived filled with cotton cream inserts, and as you can see above – he doesn’t lay flat straight away (yet!)

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He is made of perfect Tangerine Orange Italian Leather as noted above.

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And here is what he looks like without inserts:

Front cover – 1 pen loop (part elasticated), 4 beautifully shaped card slots, one full length pocket.

Back cover – 1 pen loop (part elasticated), 2 beautifully shaped card slots and one full length pocket.

The rings are perfect and the snap closure is easier to flip your nail under to open than I thought – the whole binder is honestly not as stiff as I thought it would be!

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Here are the inserts:

Clear Flyleaf, WO2P Cotton Cream 2013 Diary, Cotton Cream Tabs, Cotton Cream Addresses, Cotton Cream Address Tabs, Cotton Cream To Do Pages, Cotton Cream Ruled & Unlined (plain! again, just what I was really wanting!) and a brown corresponding Today bookmark.

So now that’s all open and gushed over (I want to do it all over again now!) I turned over to see my Cat Meeko’s reaction to it all… and found her making a new friend 😉

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I think she may be occupied for some time now so I’ll leave her to it!

Thank you once again Stefanie – you really need to do a blog for your A5 Osterley so I can see it in action 🙂  (Pretty please!)

I will be doing a post next on the Malden next to the Osterley (why does it feel like I’m cheating haha?) and then about “the move” into Ozzie, show off the inserts I have doctored from the Philofaxy Website etc… etc… too many photo’s on this post for all that 😉

Catch you very very soon!

Kel

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