It likely comes as no surprise that as a stationery and office supply hoarder, I had an intense love affair with the many prime paperies in New York this summer. One such stationery store, Paper Source, is where I got my amazing new planner from.
I bought this Paper Source planner during my last two weeks in the city, looking ahead to the new school year-- and my need for a large planner that could hold up to my bubbling brain and my post-grad aspirations. I had been using Greenroom planners from Target because of their smaller size, month-and-week organization, and the ridiculously awesome price ($10!) but I needed more space to stay organized in, and I wanted something that looked more polished that I could continue with those 7 months remaining in 2015 after I graduate. This is a really gorgeous planner and I'm happy with my decision. My roommate whom I bought this with bought one for herself, too, abandoning her ties with Lilly Pulitzer's planners. (Although Paper Source sells those too-- they have a pretty impressive selection including Kate Spade and... Downton Abbey?)
The effect is a little lost in these photos, but the cover is a matte black and the printing on it is in shiny gold foil. It's a really lovely effect and gives it a sophisticated, premium feel. I like that the fonts are classic enough to give a sense of maturity and professionalism but the confetti pattern is really fun and joyous. It mirrors the kind of balance I'm trying to hit. It's
Theres a personal info page in front which is nice if you accidentally leave it somewhere. Following that there's a quick yearly view. This includes 2014, 2015, and 2016. There's also a quick holidays-in-2015 guide for the common western holidays.
The next section is the monthly view. This planner groups all monthly views together, rather than having them between months-- I kind of like this better since it always throws me off when a two months are shown in the same week. It also makes it a lot easier to flip to the coming month.
I love the week view too. Plenty of space-- and equal space for weekend days! For some reason the planners that I've bought almost always give weekends half the space. It's got 8 sections across the two pages, with the first section being notes for the week. I'm probably going to put in those weird "general to-dos" that need to get done, but don't have a real due date attached. I am probably not the only who sometimes pushes those things off too much because I just leave them to decay in the back of my mind.
I also like how each day has four sections. You can use these little grids to separate out sections. Right now I'm thinking all day (ex. birthdays), morning, afternoon, and evening. But it may change to all day, school assignments, deadlines, and social plans. I'm not sure. I like that they're unlabeled sections so I can decide, and the the border between them isn't obnoxiously bold.
Basically, I'm totally in love with this planner. It's $30, but I definitely feel like it's a fair price given how nice it is from the design to the quality of paper and size. You can buy it for yourself here!
I know a lot of people have a favorite planner. What's yours? Why do you love it?