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Erin Condren Life Planner

It’s been a long time. And I know I’ve neglected this site. As the semester has only just started, I’ve been running around trying to get all my paperwork in order. I’ll be starting my field work (finally!) and that has been priority.

But I am back. I’m working on some kind of schedule and will hopefully go back to my weekly posts here. I have ideas for the future, but it’s all dependent on my school schedule and whether I’d be able to work a lot or not.

So for this semester, as I was browsing Amazon for textbooks, I remembered seeing on Instagram that Erin Condren now offers planners through there. I entered the name and low and behold, I could get my hands on an 18-month Neutral planner without having to pay the extra fees that’s normally on the website itself. I figured since I was already purchasing things for school, a new school planner would be useful.

Vertical Neutral

This was the version I went with. The vertical, neutral layout. At first I was hesitant as I have my beloved Filofax Orginal Patent in A5 Duck Egg Blue as my main planner with vertical inserts that I made myself. But I figured I could use this ECLP as a memory keeping/school planner. To see if I like it or not. For some strange reason, I find that I can work with this planner better than my Happy Planner. Which has the same layout except there are no spaces in between the days. I think that’s where I had trouble in the Happy Planner. Everything was too squished in. And I like my white space.

Neutral (up close)

Since my Filofax is my main, home planner, I’ll use this EC as my more creative, fun planning. Where I can use stickers and not worry about the stickers going to waste. $55 for a planner is pretty pricey, but from Amazon, it’s so much better than buying it on the EC website where you’re spending $55 for a twelve-month planner, have to add an additional $5 for the rest of 2016, and any additional personalization is another $5-$10.

I’ll stick to this planner for a year. I want to try the planning/memory keeping/scrapbooking thing that’s so popular in the planning community and see how I like it then. It’s going to be a busy semester for me and I figure I’ll have a lot to put into the planner. Here’s to hoping.

Colorful Vertical

And here’s a picture of the colorful inside. This is a pretty color. Some of the other months I wasn’t a fan of. Hence me purchasing the neutral.

EC Cover
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REVIEW: Erin Condren Notebook

I was waiting for this notebook to come in to write a post on it. Shipping time was standard and I knew that any customization would take a while. Overall, I do love it.IMG_3784

I didn’t want to pay extra for the gold foil covers or the colored rings as the extra price wasn’t within my budget. I do love the cover. And the fact that it is interchangeable. I tend to change my  mind about everything, so having an interchangeable cover is great for me. Looking at their luxe cover planners, that would have driven me mad.

I chose to get the notebook instead of the vertical, neutral planner because I don’t have a need for it yet. I plan on waiting until November to purchase one for the new year. And even then, I’m going to use it as a scrapbook/memory keeping planner instead. Functionally, I’m a lister. And having the boxes limits me, even though I know I can just ignore it. But I just can’t lol.

EC Dot

The notebook itself is pretty standard. It wasn’t as thick as I thought it would be for the price ($20). But for a first purchase from this company, it’s not bad, but it’s not great either. I chose the dot grid option as it gave more flexibility. The other two layouts were lined and lined with a notes column.

Having heard of all the pixilation issues in the neutral planner, I decided to wait. I fully expect a $75 planner to be nearly perfect. And even if I’ll be covering the pages in stickers, my expectation still stands. I was going to purchase the planner at Staples as it was cheaper in store, but I hate the watercolor background. It would’ve been fine, but October’s color is an ugly orange color. That’s my birthday month and I knew I wouldn’t be able to stand looking at it all month long. Picky? Yes, but I want to love my purchases 100 percent.

EC Package

I like how the notebook was packaged. My overall opinion is that it’s nice. I think the real test will be when I purchase the actual planner to test out. This notebook is for my bullet journal. I’m a real big fan of that and once I’ve dabbled in it more, I’ll be posting about that as well.

Erin Condren Notebook $20
Erin Condren Life Planner $55**
**before any customization

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Planner Peace?

So if you’re close to me you’d know how much I love stationary. It’s always something I’ve loved since I was a kid and now, as a full blown adult, it’s grown. Learning about the planner community through YouTube and watching all those videos, I’d love to be able to constantly buy those sticker kits. But that’s a frivolous expense I can’t justify all the time. They’re pretty, and I do occasionally buy a set, but they don’t really work for me, functionally.

I am considering buying an Erin Condren, but it’d be used solely as a memory keeper/scrapbook. I use A5 inserts that I print out and once I’m done with a couple months, I toss them out. So when I do use stickers for my every day, it’s only for the important things I want to remember. I don’t want to be throwing away money.

I’m thinking I’ll do a series of posts on this. Maybe turn this page completely into a planner haven for myself. More like an art page actually. I’ve been getting better with my drawings and would like to document my process. But we’ll see.


For today, I’m focusing on A5 ring bound planners. I’m particularly partial to the Filofax, simply because I like the sleekness of the design and the width of the rings. I currently own the Duck Egg Blue version of the Original range. It was a splurge, and most likely my most expensive planner, but the quality is great. I love it. It’s helped me to organize my important documents in one place and it feels fantastic. I would like to get the personal size of this in Nude. I’m going to wait on it, as it’s not something I need.

Then there’s the Kikki-K. kikkik

I chose this particular version because I want it (lol). Inside, the rings are black and contrasts against the mint green color. And I’m partial towards blues and neutral colors. I may dive back in and purchase it, but like the personal Nude Filofax, I don’t have a need for it. My current personal planner is my Filofax Domino, which I use as my school, assignments tracker. It was cheap and I don’t worry about scratching it. My A5 stays at home at all times. I’ve only just taken off the plastic;/ I’ve had the planner for a month.

Also, as nice as the Kikki-k planners are, I just wasn’t in love with the one I had. It was a black, medium (personal) size, and I hated it. I ended up gifting it to my friend (with some Michael’s Recollections inserts); it was her graduation gift. She likes it a lot more than I do, which I’m happy about. I didn’t want the planner to just sit there.

I don’t collect planners. Notebooks, yes, because I journal. I’ve done that since the fifth grade. I’ve yet to finish a full notebook, but I’m getting close. By the end of August I should finish my bujo/journal. And the end of the year, I should be done with my Hobonichi style daily A6 planner (journal). It’s a goal and I’m getting there.

For next time, I think I’ll be focusing on the Erin Condren.

The Last Bookstore
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LA Attraction: The Last Bookstore

Anyone that comes to LA, or even already lives here, should go to The Last Bookstore. It’s just a fun little place downtown to roam around and explore with friends. I highly recommend going at night. There’s something about walking around under the city lights to really set the mood.

This particular visit was during the day, as a friend and I were were trying to find LA Art Walk. We quickly realized it would have been better to go at night, seeing as how there weren’t many local art vendors during the day. So we made a quick stop to the Last Bookstore. My friend had never been so we figured why not. Another fun LA spot to mark off our lists.



I feel that the pictures don’t do the place justice, but it’s a lot better than my just talking about it. There’s a sense of nostalgia and quirkiness when you walk into the store. You get the feeling of entering a different atmosphere than from being outside with all the cars and buildings.

I wish I had taken more pictures and that is something I’m working on, but as a book lover, I really just got lost in this store. I feel if you’re really serious, you’d need a couple hours to really peruse all that this store has to offer. There’s also a second floor, with small sections for local artist’s to sell their work. The view from up top has always been my favorite.


As you’re slowly making your way through the second floor, you start coming across cool displays of books, like this


I really wish I had taken  better photo of the book tunnel. If you’re really curious, I’d check the hashtags in Instagram. Some people managed to get better pictures than I did. But it really is cool to walk in it. And it being made of books is wonderful.

I never manage to leave the store with anything, as there doesn’t seem to be time for me to browse. But I do have my eye on this leather-bound set of The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. It’s fifty dollars and whenever I do make my way back downtown, I’m getting it. I just really hope it’s still there.

Independent bookstores like these, with the rise of technology, becomes a little more rare everyday. It’s always nice to just have a book in your hands and feeling the texture of the pages. That will never really die. Hopefully.

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Kissing Ted Callahan

I have to be honest. If it weren’t for this being a class assignment, I would have never heard of nor bothered to buy this book. I’m just not into young adult fiction. I’ve like the one’s I’ve read so far, but I don’t go out of my way to research the best ones.

Kissing Ted Callahan (and other guys) by Amy Spalding was a fun read. It took me about 3 hours, with breaks and distractions in between, to finish. It’s about a young girl and her friend documenting how they would accomplish getting the objects of their affections. With the ultimate goal of having sex. Like I said, it was a fun read, not something I would’ve sought out on my own. I guess it’s due to my not wishing to relive high school. I remember the angst. The stupid drama between friends and potential boyfriends. I have no desire to relive any of that. I was the first one out of my gymnasium on graduation. That should speak for itself.

But overall, I did like the book. And due to my recent desire to read more and not be on social media as much, I guess I accomplished that. It’s still a work in progress, but I do want to get through my list of “to read” by the end of the year. I miss reading. I don’t fancy my recent addiction to my phone. And YouTube. Don’t get me started on that obsession.

I would recommend another assigned book. It’s Kirsten Hubbard’s Watch the Sky. I really quite enjoyed that and will be purchasing the companion Race the Night when it’s released in November. It’s been a long time since I was excited about a book launch. And no, it has nothing to do with my getting to meet her and Maurene Goo. Who’s second book I’m really looking forward to. I mean, it deals with KDramas and how to get a boyfriend. And based on her snarky, sarcastic humor, I’m very confident the book will be a fun read. So excited

**how awesome is it to get your book signed by the author?! It’s my first and I’m so incredibly happy about it, You don’t understand.**