Last year, my dad bought me a pink leather Kate Spade planner. It's beautiful, but the heaviness of it prevented me from taking it anywhere, which sort of defeats the purpose of a planner. If you know me at all, you've probably figured out by now that I am anal. I plan everything in advance. I need something I can carry around with me and the Kate Spade just wasn't cutting it.
I'd read about Erin Condren, a whimsical stationery site, on some other blogs and had been browsing the online store. I loved the idea that the life planner was customizable and could have my name and choice of cover design. I literally had it in my online cart but decided to hold off a bit. Thank goodness I waited! I chatted with my friend Sarah and learned that Plum District was running a deal on Erin Condren - $25 for $50 worth of product. The planner is $50. Coupled with a 30% coupon for Plum District and $10 off at Erin Condren, I ended up paying about $12 for the planner. (Thanks Sarah!)
$12 well spent! The planner is wonderful. Each day is split into three parts with plenty of writing room for all of my plans. There are also dedicated spaces for goals, to do lists, and lined pages at the beginning of each month. The planner has two pockets and a zip case with several calling cards and gift tags inside - a nice surprise! The only downside is that, ironically, this isn't much lighter than my Kate Spade planner. C'est la vie.
I got these calendar stickers at See Jane Work. I love them... except for the fact that there are only 16 stickers of each design. I'm sure it's intentional, as I'll quickly run out of 16 'work out' stickers and will have to buy more. Also, who needs 16 'taxes' stickers? That's one day of the year! And who really goes to 16 barbecues?! Alas, I think it's a really fun way to record events.
Even though I paid a fraction of the price, I think this planner is pretty much perfect and well worth the $50 price tag.
Are you as nerdily into your planner as I am? Do you write with pencil or pen? Do you color code? Tell me everything.