Okay…so maybe this is a little outside the box for this style blog, but I don’t care, because lately (if you have been paying attention to my Pinterest account), I am OBSESSED with planners. I have never been one to keep everything in my phone…I just don’t find it second nature to schedule appointments or my electronically. I use my phone for, literally, everything…except that. In my home, I even decided to buy whiteboard paint and cover my desk with it so that I could jot down notes as and when I thought of them, then transfer them to my planner later on. It’s fantastic and shows just how much of a technophobe I am! That’s why I am switching it up this Wednesday and giving you my planner wishlist. I am also going to go over what I look for in a planner!!
Quick and Curious Large Agenda, Kate Spade, $36.00
Doesn’t Kate Spade provide us with so many great things? Bags, shoes, dresses, planners…yeah…planners. I LOVE her planners! This particular line of stationary is so inspiring and beautiful. I love the quotes that come with her products. It puts just the right touch of “girly” on it to make me want to melt into a puddle of preppy goodness!! The stripes, the polka dots…it’s all adorable!! My favourite planner right now is this “Quick and Curious”, Tiffany blue agenda because it is to-die-for!! I have flipped through it about a million times at my local Chapters, and have to say that I would L-O-V-E to own this baby!!
Tusk in the Sun Monthly Agenda, Lilly Pulitzer, $29.34
How cute is this printed planner? I am actually obsessed with the “Tusk in the Sun” products by Lilly Pulitzer!! I don’t actually own any of the dresses, shorts, etc…, but they have been on my wishlist for months now. What I love about this planner is the slender build of it. The majority of planners are big, bulky and thick (which isn’t always a bad thing), but for something that you want to keep in your purse, or carry around easily, this is your pick!! Now, I have to say that I cannot vouch for the inside of the planner, because, I have not physically seen it or flipped through it. However, after reading TONS of reviews on this planner and several other Lilly Pulitzer planners, I feel assured that I would not be disappointed. How could you not be happy with a planner that looks like this, anyway?
Sorbet Medium Agenda, Carolina Pad, $16.99
I absolutely love this brand. I have been buying Carolina Pad since I was in elementary school (binders, notepads, etc) mainly because it was affordable, and also because the patterns and motifs were unbelieveably stylish. Well, they still are today, and their planners are perfect! They work great with pens (like the erasable options listed here: https://serp.co/best/erasable-pens/) and highlighters and all sorts of other stationery! Plus, you can usually find it in your local Wal-Mart or Target. The best thing about this line of stationary, is that it is affordable. Keep in mind, that with a planner (specifically), it is an annual cost. You aren’t going to have to buy two or three of these per year, you will only need one!! I used to buy these planners when I was younger because I didn’t have a ton of money to be wasting on an agenda. I got my fix of preppy and cute patterns, while still continuing to have a functioning planner!!
Well, there you have it…those are my top three planners that I want to use this year. However, although these planners are super great and functional (and oh so pretty!!), I am really thinking that I want to try and DIY this one. I made a planner last year, but found that it wasn’t durable or as functional as I wanted it to be. Which is why I am back shopping for planners again this year…but the crafty girl in me is pushing me to look at more tutorials and try, try again!!
We’ll see what happens, I guess!! I’m sure I will blog about my decision in the future (Future post? I think so!!). Now, before I let you go, I promised I would give you a run-down on what I look for in a planner…
What I look for in a Planner:
1. Sections – There are so many components to a person’s life, and for me, I self-manage a lot of things that I like to have written down that just cannot go in my phone (like everything else..). I typically look for birthday sections, meal sections, daily agenda (as opposed to just the calendar) and of course, lots of extra notes pages. This allows me to keep EVERYTHING in there, nice and organized so that I make sure that nothing gets left out!!
2. Pockets – Depending on what type of planner I want (book vs. zip-up), I look for pockets. Kate Spade planners (unless you go leather), don’t typically have a ton of pockets because it is more like a book that is bound. Awhile back, I was using a permanent planner, where you refill the pages. That had a TON of storage space to store all of my loose papers and cards that I may want to keep with my pages. Eventually, I moved away from this because it got too heavy and messy. Not to mention, pricey when you have to keep buying the pages!!
3. Bright and Funky Designs – This is totally cosmetic, but it is a valid point. No one wants a boring black or brown planner…what does that say about your personality? Dull. A planner is such a personal item, and says a lot about you!! When I go shopping for planners, I don’t give those boring planners the time of day. I look for the wildest and brightest planner out there!!
Confession: I mentioned above, that last year I DIY’d my planner and I was totally unsuccessful. It was a great planner, but not too durable, which led me to not wanting to stuff it in my bag for fear that it would rip apart! What happened to it, you may ask? It got left on my shelf, and now I’m not entirely sure where it is. I can tell you one thing: it was never used.
Planners take commitment and you have to remember to use it, or else it’s basically a waste of money (not to be too blunt..). Make sure you check out some of the super cute planners I have linked below.
What do you look for in a planner? Let me know in the comments below!!