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November Favorites

I cannot believe its nearly the end of November! How crazy is that! Christmas in less then 30 days!!! I know a few of you liked my October favorites and wanted me to do more! So here we are, my November favorites ūüôā

This month i have mainly planner supplies that i have loved using. But hey! Who doesn’t like planning supplies :p¬†I have used most of these products for about a month now and i can generally say i love them all and going to buy some more! If anyone has any suggestions of products that they love and want me to try please comment bellow!

Right so onto this months favorites:

  • Sainsburrys washi tape ¬£3: I went to sainsburrys at the end of October and i saw this washi. The glitter caught my eye and i fell in love. I’ve used it mostly on my penpal letters and i love how it layers up.¬†12305837_1251913034824427_564227344_n (1)
  • Brimbles box ¬£18: ¬†If you read my blog post at the¬†beginning¬†of the month¬†you would have seen that i brought a Brimbles box. It was my first brimbles box and i loved it! It was the Christmas box so it had amazing christmassy¬†goodies¬†inside. My favourite from the box would have to be the Elf list pad! Its so adorable and functional!¬†youtube tumbnail
  • L2e Planner stamps ¬£5:¬†I’m obsessed with stamps this month! I have wanted to use stamps for ages now, however the only stamps that i have come across is stamps from the US. I was on the Planner group and a lovely lady was selling some so i had to snap them up and try them. When they arrived i loved them so much. They were so functional and i actually use them every week!¬†12309265_1251913061491091_1742934549_n
  • Laminator ¬£10:¬†If you read my “what i got for my birthday” blog post then you will have seen that i got a laminator. This month i have used it so much to make christmassy/autumnal dash’s for my Filofax. I’ve made so many that i have enough to change every week haha! The laminator was from Wilko and it’s amazing for personal use!¬†12305638_1251913031491094_2029779466_n
  • Dashboards: Following off from my last favorite you know that i loved making dashboards this month. I have made so many and iv sent a few to my penpal Alycia! (Check out her blog). I love dashboards because they add Personalization to your planner as well as colour. There amazing to change out with the seasons instead of changing your planner!¬†12312216_1251913078157756_985648189_n12309355_1251913081491089_1500535265_n12305678_1251913091491088_2142733361_n
  • Gold Saffiano ¬£25.70:¬†If you read my last blog post you would have seen a review on my Gold Filofax Saffiano. I’m currently using the gold saffiano as my main planner and i’m loving it! The colour is so beautiful and it’s so shiny!!¬†12309034_1251913148157749_1437382452_n
  • Pocket gold¬†organizer ¬£1:¬†Last week i went to a Christmas fate at my local church. During having a nose through the stalls i came across this gold pocket organizer with a price tag of ¬£1!!! When i saw the price i had to pick it up. I’m not actually sure what im going to do with the planner but it looks beautiful on my shelve with the rest of my planners!¬†12306020_1251913141491083_346065391_n
  • Emoji sticky notes ¬£2:¬†I love emoji’s! I use them all the time when im on my phone, maybe even too much! When i was shopping in Primark with my friend Sophie i saw that they currently have a little stationery stand. When i approached it all the emoji things caught my eye! I have a look through and i picked up these Emoji sticky notes. I fell in love insistently! I loved how cute the sticky notes looked and how functional they are because it gives you a good space to write on them. I actually also picked up some emoji stickers that they had there,also ¬£2. Altogether for the stickers and sticky notes it came to ¬£4 which lovely Sophie actually brought for me bless her.¬†12278044_1251913074824423_514362928_n
  • Stamp ink ¬£1.75:¬†Because i brought stamps this month i have been on the look out out for good yet cheap stamp ink. During my Christmas shopping on eBay i came across DewDrop Memento dye ink. I loved the shape of the ink pads as they were small and looked perfect for my tiny planner stamps. When i brought them i was a little scared that the ink would bleed through my paper as that’s one thing you have to worry about when using stamps in your planner. However the stamp ink was amazing! It only shadows through the page a little bit and i love them! I brought 3 colour and they are so vibrant. There will be a blog post reviewing them that should be up in the next few weeks.¬†ink
  • Fine liners ¬£2: I have always wanted to try fine liners in my planner but i was so scared that the ink would bleed through my paper. However when i saw a pack in Wilko for ¬£2 i thought i should just try them. I knew if i didn’t like them in my planner then they would be used in my college book for revising and coursework. When i actually used them i was so surprised. Fine liners are amazing to write in and they are so bright and colourful! I have used them ever since!¬†12312063_1251913041491093_967530582_n

I hope you liked this months favorites and made you want to try new products! Let me know if you want me to do a December favorites next month. I want to apologies for being MIA lately, college has been really stressful and i just haven’t had time to write a blog post. I have a few in the works that should come out next week. I do try and make sure there are 2 blog posts for you guys a week, normally Friday and Sundays. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

Zoe  oxoxoxox

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Filofax Reviews

Filofax A5 Gold Saffiano Review

I know i know, You all probably thinking the same as my mum did. ANOTHER FILOFAX?!?!?!

Oh i couldn’t help it, the colours AMAZING. Makes me so excited for Christmas. Only 7 Mondays guys ūüėČ

Anyway. my only excuse for this purchase is that i actually only paid ¬£5. My brother paid the rest for my birthday present. Before i decided to buy it i saw loads of pictures of the gold Saffiano but i didn’t really think anything of it. However the more and more pictures i saw the more i was warming to it until i just had to have it. My brother and i decided that we were going to order it off SpeedyHen. It was ¬£25.70 with free postage. I love speedyhen! This was only my second time in ordering from them but i have had an amazing experience with them. The postage was super fast and the prices of the Filofax’s are amazing!

When the parcel arrrived it was very well packaged. The Filofax came in a box with thick sellotape around it. The Filofax itself was in cardboard and had a white sleeve around it to protect the material of the Filofax. I actually had trouble opening the box because it was so well sellotaped haha!

The box that the planner came in. Unfortunately i haven't got a picture of the package that it came in.
The box that the planner came in. Unfortunately i haven’t got a picture of the package that it came in.

Box

When i finally got the Filofax out and took off the plastic sleeve. i was so happy to see it in beautiful condition and the rings are perfect. I always get anxious when buying Filofax’s online in case they come with gappy rings. #WorstNightmare! When i opened the Filofax i couldn’t believe how beautiful and shiny the colour was. The smell of a new Filofax and the texture is just amazing! I checked over the Filofax first to check for any scratched or damages as i new that it would then get put away for a few weeks until my birthday so i wanted to make sure everything was perfect.

Gold saffiano

I like Saffiano’s because of how simple they look. Someone don’t get on with them because of the lack of pockets. However i don’t really keep anything in the card pockets inside so i have never found it a problem.

Inside

Inside the Filofax came with:

  • 2 Clear plastic dashboards.
  • Numbered dividers
  • 2015-2016 Inserts
  • To do pages
  • Note pages
  • Colourd note pages
  • transparent ruler
  • Open top loading pocket
  • a note pad at the back

On the back of the Filofax there is a pocket that you can slide a notepad in. The Filofax came with a punched pad which you can use.I love this idea because it simply stays at the back of your planner and you can take notes and rip the paper off the pad and put in straight into your Filofax.

Back

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I am so happy with how the Filofax came and everything that was included! I can’t believe i only paid ¬£25.70. I’m so in love with the Filofax¬†and so happy that i brought it. I will upload a blog post showing my set up in the next few weeks.

Thank you so much for reading and i hope you found this blog post helpful and interesting. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment or email me at zoeplans@outlook.com.

Have a lovely weekend,

Zoe oxoxoxox

Reviews

November Christmas A5 Brimbles Box

Is it only me who has lusted over the Brimbles box? I always find myself watching unboxing’s of them on YouTube! Last month i was given ¬£20 by a friend to buy one as a birthday present. She heard me talking about them and told me that i had to try them at least once. I took her advise and ordered one.

Brimbles boxes are made by the lovely Anna Brim and there are different types of boxes available

Examples of boxes that are available include:

  • Brimbles Box Planner (Personal and A5) ¬£15 a month or ¬£18 one off box.
  • Brimbles Box Stationery¬†¬£15 a month or ¬£18 one off box.
  • The Big Brimbles Box Stationery ¬£28 one off box.
  • The Happy Mail Box¬†¬£15 a month or ¬£18 one off box.

Postage is £3.50 to the UK. Anna does ship around the world but the price depends on where you are. There is a postage calculator on her website.

When ordering the brimbles box it is important to remember that you are buying something unseen. You do not get a preview of what you are going to receive as its done at random for a surprise. I love this element as its like opening a present at the beginning of the month so i like that idea however it might not be for everyone. You also have to remember that the boxes get sent on the first of every month. Therefor you need to order the month before to get the next month. For example i ordered my box on the 20th of October because i wanted to receive the November box. If you want the December box you need to order before the 30th of November i think! All this information will be on Anna’s Website linked here:¬†http://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/product-category/brimblesbox/¬†

Anyway on to the box i was sent! 

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I received my box 2 days after they were sent. It arrived in a white box with shredded paper inside. The contents of the box were in lovely red tissue paper. The theme of this month was Christmas. All the items in the box were linked to Christmas in one way or another. In every box Anna writes a lovely card that talks about all the items in the box and the theme of that month. I really like this because it makes it very personal like Anna is actually writing that for you.

Inside the box
Inside the box
The card inside the box.
The card inside the box.

The box i ordered was the A5 planner box. I was tempted to order the stationery box but i feel in love with Anna art and dashboards so i just had to get the A5 box. All the dashboards and cards are made by Anna herself using her own artwork.

Inside the box there was:

  • A5 Dashboard- In my planner box i received the Elf dash. I love it so much! the colours Anna has used and the art skills of the Elf is amazing! My favorite Christmas film is Elf so it felt really fitting to use it in the Christmas period.¬†dash
  • Bunny paperclip from Craftin’ Chaos- ¬†Every month Anna tries to include pieces from different Etsy stores.This month Anna included two different shops in her Brimbles boxes. The first Etsy store was Craftin’ Chaos. The item that was included was a lovely Bunny holding a stocking paperclip. I haven’t got many paperclips so when i saw this i feel in love. I don’t really use paperclips in my planner as i am scared to break them but i love using them when taking pictures or putting them in the pockets of the planners to make it all pretty. ¬†The paperclip feels really sturdy. Some paperclips i have feel flimsy, like they will break if you use them. However this paperclip feels durable and strong.paperclip
  • Santa sticky notes- This month Anna included two items that she made herself. The first item was a set of sticky notes. As soon as i saw them i feel in love! I’m a sucker for sticky notes. I have millions but i cannot help myself i always buy more. The reason that i am so in love with these ones is because of the space on them for you to write. I love cute sticky notes however i always find that they never have much room to actually write. Anna’s however are amazingly cute yet functional!¬†sticky notes
  • Elf list pad- The second thing that Anna included from her own collection was these Elf list pads. Anna showed a sneak peak of the list pad on her Instagram channel at the beginning of the month. When i saw them i went crazy! I just had to have them! This was actually one of the main reasons that i brought the box this month haha! Anyway! the list pad is simply beautiful! I cannot wait to use them nearer the time. I can defiantly see them being put to a lot of use because of how functional they are. Anna has provided plenty of lines for Christmas TO DO’s which will defiantly help me get organised this Christmas.¬†list pad
  • Candy cane washi tape- If you are like me then you love a good washi tape. Even better when its a Christmas one right! ūüėČ This month i received two washi tapes. The first one was sort of a candy cane design. Well that’s how i would describe it anyway. The roll has a good amount on there and the colours are very vibrant which is always nice for a good spread.¬†washi
  • Christmas penguin washi tape- The second washi tape i received was a cute penguin design. I couldn’t get a good photo of this washi tape due to the pattern was so small but its lovely and i cannot wait to use it!¬†washi 2
  • Santa planner charm- ¬†With every planner box you will recive a planner charm. This month it was a Christmas charm. To me this charm reminds me of the santa from the Coca Cola advert. I think that’s why i love it so much. Every Christmas time i always sit and wait for the Coca Cola Christmas advert to come on. Once i saw it i knew it was officially Christmas time. The charm feels really nice quality. It’s quite heavy which i really didn’t expect but that’s what makes it feel such good quality.¬†charm
  • Christmas stickers- The second Etsy store that Anna worked with this month was EllieBethDesigns. This Etsy store is well known in the UK for amazing quality stickers. I have never actually brought stickers from the store before but i have always looked at them when people shared their layout. The stickers that were included was made exclusively for the Brimble box which i though was a lovely touch. It was like our own stickers that were made just for us! When i opend the pack i could feel straight away that the stickers were amazing quality. I love the look of the stickers and i cannot wait to use them!
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Value for money:

With my busniess head on i think this box is good value for money. You are getting good quality products that feel like they will last. On the other hand when i first opened the box i expected more for my money. I usually buy stationery cheap from Ebay so this was my first big purchase. However when i had a think about it, all the items in the box adds up to the amount i paid for the box if not more. I think when people buy the box you have to understand that you are not getting a box full of cheap stuff. You are receiving good quality items that will obviously cost a little bit more. Anna also includes items from Etsy stores so all this does need to be taken into account. Once i thought about it i can 100% understand why the box costs what it does and i am 100% happy with paying the price.

Overall my first impressions of this box was really good. I can defiantly tell that a lot of thought has gone into the planning and making of these boxes which makes them lovely and special to receive. I love everything in the box this month and i cannot wait to use them. I would like to thank Anna for providing this lovely service and putting in all the thought and planning to make this box truly special. I have also done a corrisponding YouTube video of this blog post so please have a look if you would like to. You can see all the items in this box a little bit better.

Thank you for reading this blog post and i hope that you liked it. Please comment below if you have any questions.

Zoe oxoxox

Anna’s links-

Blog:http://mrsbrimbles.blogspot.co.uk/

Shop: http://www.mrsbrimbles.co.uk/shop/

YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCR2eJUx

Disclaimer: All views are my own and i have not been paid for this review.