Review – Temperley for Filofax The Guinea

Good Day to you all!

Today I’m not very well – please be gentle with me!  For the last week I’ve had a crushing headache which turned into a full blown cold… and then nausea and a ridiculous temperature.  Today it’s back to the crushing headache and sickness – perfect, huh!

While I didn’t want to do this review before I received some dividers (yes, I’ve purchased some instead of making my own this time…!) I also figured it I didn’t do it now… I probably never would.  And so…  with no further ado:

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Welcoming the Guinea into my home – here she is!  I think I’ll call her Jinny.  Jinny the Guinea.

Anyhow – outside appearances first – I’ll be honest I did not expect the exterior to be made of FUR!  I’ve read elsewhere (I can’t remember where) that the exterior is indeed, pony skin.  I have no idea why I expected this to be a soft supple leather at all but it was certainly a surprise!  The print is pretty and it looks glamorous.  I can imagine taking this to a cocktail party to vamp up a little black dress, or maybe to a lunch date to give a more glamorous edge to the jeans/t-shirt/boots/blazer/fedora hat look.  I can imagine taking this to an important meeting and taking notes in a steel grey office dress.

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Metalware is of a soft gold finish, rimming the binder and giving it a very high end clutch feel.  I love the little gold “Temperley” embellishment on the sturdy leather zipper tag – however the way that the fastener item is facing, when the binder is open, it is face down and you cannot see the pretty logo!

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The zip is large, fashionable, functional.  The zipper is smooth opening and then the binder lays flat (probably something to do with those weighted gold metalware trims).  The interior is, for me, aesthetically pleasing.  I love nude/blush pinks at the best of times – they make me feel very feminine (I’ve got Shellac – “Blush Teddy” from the Intimates Collection on my nails right now as we speak!) and paired with black leather with a croc look and gold rings…  it’s pretty high up there with perfection for me!  I thought the nude/blush pink corded cotton interior would bother me – but in all honesty…  it hasn’t.

On the inside front cover we have the black leather croc finish look first 2 pockets – one which supposedly holds a blackberry.  I have an i-phone and it doesn’t fit – but then again I have a phone case on mine etc.  It’s a great idea though!  There is a further 2 horizontal card slots and then a large pocket at the back.  For some reason, I thought it would have a similar feel to the other zip Filofaxes out there and have a wallet/purse feel to that area, but behind the large pocket, there is nothing else there.  It’s just a wide pocket.  Maybe I’ll put my iPhone in there 😉  And Compact, And Little Mirror, And Lippy…  And Mascara…. etc…  etc…

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On the opposite side, the gold finished rings are off centre and have the leather croc finish encasing part of the ring mechanism.  Placing the rings on the back cover means that the binder needs to be wider than a standard Filofax zip… and there is less room to accommodate side tabs.  The pen loop is fully elastic (it would been nice to see the croc theme recurring on this as a half elastic pen loop perhaps?) and there is a strap made of the black leather croc feel running across the back to hold in any notebooks required to slot in.  I have not tested this yet (I can’t find a filofax notepad or a suitable fitting notebook lying around) so I can’t really comment on it.  But personally I’d have liked to have seen something more going on with this back cover.

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And here she is – all moved in and ready to go!  The blackberry pouch is perfect for holding paracetamol or ibuprofen though 😉

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I hope you’ve enjoyed reading up on my new addition!

Until next time…

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 Review: A5 Charleston

Hi Everyone!

I’ve been putting this post off for months and months and months… my huge apologies! I kept this post as a draft and kept going back to fill in bits and bobs in. But I’m the kind of girl that if I keep doing snippets, I’ll never finish it! So… I needed to start afresh with a better perspective, a lot of patience, time, coffee and opinions! Are you sitting comfortably?

Well; last year, with the Great Gatsby being released and the drop waist being re-invented in fashion, it was all looking very 20’s. Nostalgic, inviting, glamorous – the ROARING 20’s.

Filofax brought out their Charleston Range – using luxurious buffalo leather and sculpting the interior with cutout art deco decoration to the pockets.

I couldn’t find one to take a look at in any local retailers and at the time there was a lack of reviews or even interest in the Charleston Range, which really confused me. Why didn’t the community embrace or welcome the Charleston?

I was given the chance to review the A5 version of a purple Charleston. Here is the link to the exact model I’m reviewing (in my fashion!).

http://www.filofax.co.uk/charleston-organiser-0235_A5_19PO.html

Just to warn you – this is seriously picture heavy!

Here is how my lovely organiser arrived – it was a model in the PR Agency’s office which didn’t come boxed however it was wrapped well and snug in tissue paper. I was so excited when I received the package. However, being the owner of pocket, compact and personal size Filofaxes previously, I looked and thought “jeeeez, this is BIG!”

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I’m quite annoyed how the colour turned out on my camera phone – its actually a rich royal purple. The leather is so so so soft and smooth, yet it is quite a sturdy binder.

On first look, the binder reminds me of a Calipso – it’s the clasp that does it. but there is a little gold popper on the clasp. Apart from that, it’s all plain with matching stitching throughout.

 

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I hope you can see this photo properly – the camera really doesn’t do the item justice here at all! You can see the interior of the binder – a cutout and art deco inspired pocketing the same buffalo leather as the front.

 

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Look at the beautiful cutout! Filofax detailing at it’s best – notifying their material and model used.

 

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The front harbours 5 cloth card slots that can be placed in horizontally. It also has 2 full length cloth pockets

 

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Here is the other pocket!

 

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The back page of the binder has an elastic pen loop and 2 horizontal card slots in buffalo leather, as well as a full length cloth pocket.

 

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Probably the most representative colour of the organiser here, the photograph of the clasp open. What I loved about this was the back gold popper was like a pivot for the rest of the clasp to move about on. I suppose if you are right handed this would be handy as you could swivel the clasp underneath the back of the binder whilst writing uninterrupted.

 

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The beautiful buffalo leather grain against the yellow gold popper.

 

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Just a quick over view of the contents this model came with. I can’t say this is a generalisation but only what came in mine. A 2014 Diary, week on 2 pages.

 

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A Ruler/Page Marker/Today Marker, A-Z Tabs

 

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My favourite A5 insert by far – what I can only describe as Journalling Pages

 

But I couldn’t warm to the Charleston. No matter what I did! It sat in a drawer and I felt so guilty. Was it because it was too big? Too boring? I didn’t know, I just couldn’t warm to it.

So I decided to give it a bit of a Kel makeover. You know, make it a bit more mine.

 

I popped down to my best bet of a craft shop – The Range. With one goal in mind, my basket filled with anything Art Deco related. And then on to Staples to get a couple of A5 Dividers.

Here is the result. Here is a great photo of the colour below.

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I picked up an Art Deco inspired pen from a local Charity Shop for a couple of quid which I was happy to find.

 

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Sorry about the configuration of the photo’s – this is being posted from my phone! I think the little notelets really show off the cutout Deco Pocket.

The cover was printed on “Kelly’s 2014 Diary”, laminated and hole punched through. It really changes the dynamic of the binder I think. It really looks “Art Deco” now.

 

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After watching the Great Gatsby, if you’ve seen it, you’ll remember it was all typed into a story – so I decided that I’d go for a typewriter font to keep in with the theme.

 

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The A5 Tabs are from Staples Martha Stewart Organisation Range, I’ve just printed out some labels and taped them to the tab. Isn’t that pen lush?

 

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I then found a picture online that I arranged into an A5 template and printed on the Filofax Diary Week on 2 Pages.

 

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I printed out the Philofaxy and Life All In One Place Month to View Pages:http://www.mylifeallinoneplace.com/p/free-diary-pages.html

 

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A Passwords Page or 2.

 

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And filled the remainder with notes.

 

There we go! All done. I’m much happier now I’ve designed and personalised it. I’ve realised that until something is made “my own”, I’ll never be happy with it. Perhaps that’s why I love Filofax so much – it’s enabled my creativity to bubble to the surface when I never felt as though I had an outlet for it. It’s enabled my perfectionist self to say “lets have a go! If it’s naff it can be removed and attempted again!”

 

As for the Charleston A5 – for me it’s got pro’s and con’s – it’s all about what you’re looking for in a binder. Personally:

 

Pro’s:

The Swivel Clasp

The Art Deco Cutout Leather Pockets

The Luxurious Feel to the Leather

Elasticated Pen Loop

Lots of Pockets/Card Slots

 

Con’s:

The Rings are silver yet the popper clasp is gold – I’m not a fan of clashing metal colours

Cloth Interior – it makes the binder a little cheap

Elasticated Pen Loop – pro and con – it makes the binder look a bit cheap

Clasp is very narrow so you can’t really overstuff the binder without it looking a bit “pinched” – or could this be a pro so you don’t overstuff?

 

So, how about you? What are your thought’s on the Charleston Range?

Until Next Time

Kel

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Why Use A Filofax?

Hi Everyone

Sometimes I stop thinking about what I want to change in my Filofax, and I simply revel in the knowledge that there is nothing I need more than to use it in the way it is intended – as a planner and an organiser.  

Whenever I take my Filofax out I am sometimes met with looks of surprise or a snigger.  These people, my friends, are slaves to the modern digital society – can’t think outside of the box, and more often than not, forget what it is their day is meant to achieve.

What I like about a Filofax is that it is not a boring digital app that everyone has the same of.  Sure, it may come to you with a set of dividers and inserts to start you off, but what you do with them is completely up to you.  With a Filofax, you don’t just get the set picture events for the dentist or vets or bills due out etc.  You get to purchase stickers, or draw, or write, or make your own way of labelling these events.  YOUR way.  It’s individual.  Nobody else will have one like you.  It’s all customised to your needs.

Another thing I like about Filofax is that in digital-world, apps are usually hidden behind other apps and a lock screen in your bag – they generally get forgotten about and only beep when they need you to already be somewhere (which, you’ll have needed to remember beforehand unless you were to create an event which says an hour or so in advance “Make sure to make your way to the dentist”.  With the Filofax, it can be open on your desk, coffee table, night stand, on the train, anywhere… and just by looking at the layout of your day you’ll know when things are happening.  In fact, you can take a look at the months, or the year, and see what you have planned out.  It does not get forgotten about if you take it everywhere with you and use it.

Yet another thing I like about Filofax, the inserts are so customisable.  If you don’t think the expense section is required in your Filofax, no problem!  Just whip them out!  If you need to create a custom insert to meet your needs, no problem!  There are downloadable printables, or a computer just at the end of your fingertips to just have a go with!  Not one part of your Filofax needs to go redundant at any time.  You can use it to set up YOUR life, not bound by anyone else’s idea of a “conventional” life.  You can jazz them up or keep them businesslike, whatever you do, keep it to your ever changing taste and requirements 🙂

Guess what?  Another thing I like about Filofax is that moving into another one is so simple – open rings, remove inserts from rings, place in new Filofax’s open rings, close rings.  And you’re done!  Don’t get me started in attempting to migrate all that stuff over on a phone…  I can’t even think where my USB lead is, and I seriously only found out how to work the Bluetooth on my MacBook yesterday haha!  

The final thing I want to share with you about what I love about my Filofax?  It’s the personal relationship you build with your paper life.  I guard my Filofax as heavily as I guard my MacBook and my iPhone.  Not because it’s got “naughty” stuff in there (which it hasn’t), but there are very raw and personal thoughts that I’ve taken the time to write/type down; very private thoughts that I sometimes refer to when I am feeling a little… well, delicate and I need a little comfort.  My goals I feel are extremely personal to me – some are shallow as they come, some are extremely deep and thoughtful.  I’m a really private person; I generally dislike people knowing what thoughts go around in my head in fear of being judged.  Well; my Filofax takes all of those thoughts and doesn’t judge.  

My Filofax is my very own Personal Assistant.  I’ve spoken to my new pal Kendall over at http://www.justagirlatl.blogspot.com about this (she is new to the Filofaxing world, she has her very own FF Saffiano PA named Dulce Berry, it’s so cute!) and I believe that if you can make friends with your PA, your PA will look after you without any employment drama or pay rise demands (unless, of course, you want to up the stakes with a Temperley or something).  Your PA can be whoever you want them to be – a Brown Cuban named Miguel who has a Mexican Moustache and looks like he’s dropped out of the 70’s.  A Scarlett Red Metropol called Marilyn that sashays around with 50’s bombshell starlet potential.  Your PA can have a name, can have a theme, can have whatever you want them to have.  

That being said, I’m currently eagerly awaiting my very own new PA… and she shall be named Daisy.  I should be receiving her very soon!  I will tell you more about her shortly 🙂

Stay tuned folks!

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