Latest buys!

After all the Bruges shopping posts this is just a quick post showing all the ‘other’ stuff I’ve bought lately…

After the all the pen hauling in Bruges I had to get some more from Cult Pens…

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I also just had to pick up a notebook for the new job!

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I do like Rhodia notebooks as the quality of the paper is fantastic. This notebook was picked because it’s got removable dividers and pages, with the pages themselves hole punched. These holes don’t match the Filofax holes sadly and it does mean you have less room to write on because of them but the main selling point was the dividers so I didn’t mind. My only real criticism of this is the elastic is too close to the edge of the notebook so it frequently comes off in my bag – not so great if I want to store paperwork in it.

As I think I said when I was reviewing the pen haul from Belgium I knew I needed to check out a few more Pentel’s as I was so impressed with the Silci. The sign pen is really nice to write with, doesn’t tend to bleed and has a stronger colour than the Faber-Castell broadpens that I bought in Belgium. I’ve had Energel’s before and this Tradio in red was just as nice and ended up in my ‘new job pencil case’ (I actually have a desk at the new place so I can take nice pens and not worry they’ll get lost somewhere in store). The gold hybrid gel isn’t as nice sadly and the gel just doesn’t flow as well as the other gels I’ve bought.

Finally I wanted to try the 0.7mm Juice as while I like the 0.5 that I have, I do tend to prefer a thicker writing line. The result? It’s pretty much overtaken my Coleto as my go-to pen and I’m seriously contemplating buying a full set of these in 0.7. They’re SO nice to write with. If you take a look at my last few weekly posts you’ll see a sea of orange ink – the 0.7 Juice and everything else is the Slici pens. I will definitely be buying more of these in future!

You’ll see at the bottom of the ink test that I got a freebie pen which was a bit of a surprise! It was a nice freebie particularly as it fit in with the other pens I was buying. This Signo is actually a pretty decent gel rollerball and I’ve taken this to work too. Unfortunately, it suffers with not great ink flow and at work where I’ve been using it daily I’d had a few gaps or had to go over things a few times.

A latest buys post wouldn’t be complete without an Etsy order! This is from shekphoebe and it’s definitely somewhere I’ll order from again – there’s such cute stuff in that shop!

IMG_5008I love pandas! And to find some cute little panda stickers and NOT buy them would be unthinkable! I officially love Suatelier stickers and these are going to be perfect for reminding me to water my succulents.

I haven’t really used the washi yet but it’s of a really nice quality. Expect to see it popping up in my new Ban.do planner! I’m really looking forward to getting back into a planner that I can play with washi in although the flipside to that will be I’ll probably end up buying loads more…

Speaking of the Ban.do planner I may have bought myself a planner kit to specifically set it up with. I’ll share with you my set up for it soon but I may as well show you the kit itself from The Ink Road since I’ve recently bought it… Not pictured is the awesome canvas and gold tote bag it all came in!

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Look at all that lovely lettering! There’s three different kinds of alphas, plus two word sheets! Perfect for planning and listing (I really need to catch up on my #listersgottalist).

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Sadly the inserts don’t fit in the Ban.do but i’ll find some uses for them!

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I LOVE the flamingo paperclip! I’m also a big fan of thin washi so I can’t wait to get using that in the planner.

I’ll go through the kit in a bit more detail when I use it in the Ban.do but I’d definitely say the kit was worth the money and I got to pick up a few brands that I’ve never heard of, let alone can buy over here in the UK. I think kits like this also allow you have things you wouldn’t normally buy like the gold pineapple stickers – you only get one sheet in a pack and with postage they’re nearly £7 to buy separately. If Lara does another planner kit (which I’m sure I’ve seen that she is) it’s definitely worth a look!

Em x

 

June Oyatsu Box review

It’s strange to be at the end of the month writing about a ‘June’ box but as tempting as it is I generally don’t finish all the goodies from the box in the same month I receive them. 

So instead you end up with quite a delayed post about June’s Oyatsu box. My second one so far.

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There really is nothing better than opening up a surprise package of goodies!

Rather than going through everything this month I’m just going to pick out a few highlights and lowlights!

Calorie Mate

This is very strange item. I guess the closest thing I can liken it to a protein bar maybe? It’s basically a bar that’s supposed to keep you going through the day and has all the vitamins and minerals you need apparently. It’s a bit like a more crumbly bourbon biscuit but tastes more savoury. Totally delicious and served as a decent breakfast. To buy it though it’s around £2-£2.50 a box which for just an on the go breakfast is pretty damn expensive.

Pokemon Ramen – Soy

Not only did this look cute but it reminded me how much I like ramen noodles! The only downside to this was the weird bits of soy that had Pikachu’s face on – looked cute, tasted awful!

Karipoli – Cola and Ramune

These are tangy sticks that are really tasty. They’re almost a bit fizzy/tangy? Definitely one of the nicest Japanese sweets I’ve had. Even though one of the flavours was ramune which I haven’t liked before, I did like it in this set up.

Hora Dekita DIY Popsicle

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll have seen this already. It’s basically a little kit to make your own mini lollipops. You get little sticks and some chews to start with. You put the stick in the chew and then proceed to dunk it in an odd gel and then powder candy. It’s a fun little item, and a something a bit different.

Chocobi – Mexican Taco

One thing I’ve learnt from these boxes is Japan can’t seem to do savory all that well. This Mexican taco flavoured crisp was just nasty. The O’Zack gyoza flavoured crisps were better tasting but still not the kinda flavour I like to eat when it comes to crisps.

Calpis Ball Candy and Setouchi Peony Gummies

These boxes tend to like ball shaped sweets and I’ve not really had any other opinion than ‘meh’ for most of them. They’re just not as flavoursome as I’d hoped and sometimes they have a weird inner – one this month had some sort of gel inside I think which felt odd when mixed with the more traditional chew. There’s a lot more textures with Japanese sweets than with UK ones it seems.

Overall this month’s box was okay. There were a few standout products but the rest didn’t really get me excited. It’s still nice to try new things but I do end up with a lot of half eaten sweets in my kitchen!

Em x

My Week 31 – and a final review of the Livework Piyo Diary

Week 31! I can’t believe how quick July has gone!

Bit random I know, but it feels like this month has completely flown.

This week marks my last ‘my week’ in the Livework planner as my new Ban.do planner starts on the 27th! Woop!

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I’ve felt pretty crappy all week this week so there hasn’t been much going on, particularly midweek. Highlight of the week has been shopping for birthday presents for a friend which I did from the comfort of home. I hate shopping in normal shops. Etsy all the way for me. A few things for me may have slipped in my basket for me but I’ll show them off when I get them!

As it’s my final week in here I figured I should go through my final thoughts on this after seven months use.

It’s funny how sometimes when you get the things you think you need, you find that you don’t need them at all. I guess that would sum this planner up for me. There’s certain things – like the blank page (I say blank, it has design and drawings on it within the theme of that month) at the start of the month and the note rectangle at the top left of each week – that I thought I’d absolutely love and ended up not even using that much. The blank page was sometimes a good dumping ground for post its and notes to myself but I found I was writing goals in the weekly block that just weren’t ever getting completed. I much prefer having a longer general to do list in my Kikki K which I then transfer into specific days when I’m planning out my week. I felt like I had to write something in that weekly box, even when I knew I wouldn’t have time to get much else done other than ‘business as usual’ …hence why my weekly checklist ended up on there.

I’ve mentioned before that I felt restricted when it comes to decorating this planner as some weeks I felt I couldn’t add to it in a way that would be complementary. This planner would be great for someone who wanted a planner they could take out and about, that would still look cute, without having to feel self conscious about people seeing the decoration – I’ve definitely seen posts of people rightly or wrongly feeling awkward about other people seeing their planners filled with stickers and washi and the like. For those that need a planner that they can carry around, this is a great size – it’s in between personal and A5 size Filofaxes, quite thin, and gives enough daily space for those fairly busy people.

The standout feeling about this planner though? The fantastic quality. It looks just like how it did when I bought it, no rips or damage to the cover and the paper is lovely and thick. I can’t recommend Livework products highly enough. From their planners, to their post its and their pens, you get what you pay for (and that isn’t to say you pay over the odds for their things either). I would not be opposed to buying another diary from them ever but I’d probably go for something a bit cleaner design-wise and with a coil as always having this planner opened out took up quite a lot of room. The only other thing I’d probably want is a predated diary.. I got a little bored of writing in my own days or faffing with little date stickers. It meant too that I couldn’t really do much forward planning on the monthly pages until I’d set them up which I wasn’t always that good at doing in advance.

So while I’m excited to start in a new planner I will probably miss my little Piyo but I’m sure I’ll be buying more Livework goodies in the future (just looking at their website has got me creating a shopping list!)

Em x