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Which Lovely?

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If you know me well, you know that I adore my Day Designer. (Even if you don’t know me well, you may have read about it here on the blog!) Whitney English and her Day Designer have been keeping me organized, in lovely fashion, for the past year. Alas, my current book is nearing the end of its calendar life, but fret not, as there are new (and improved!) editions available for this next one.

On the upside, the new covers are gorgeous! On the downside, the new covers are so gorgeous, that I’m having a hard time choosing one. The August editions launch tomorrow and these sweet lovelies tend to sell out quickly, so there’s no time to delay in my usual “analysis paralysis”, so I’m turning to you all for advice. Which one should I purchase, friends? It’s a year-long commitment, so I’m going to need your help!

The three cover options are below. (And all images on this post are courtesy of the Day Designer website – aren’t they beautiful?) Which one would you pick? And which would you recommend for me?

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Wine Collection Tips

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My hubs is a wine dude. When we were dating, I was continually impressed by his knowledge of wine. On each date, he would order a wine and it was always delicious. Come to think of it, throughout the time I’ve known him, I’m not sure he’s ever ordered a bad wine for me. In fact, he usually orders a glass each of two different wines and lets me taste each and chose the one I like best. He says that’s a fun challenge for him and ensures he orders two really good wines. Is he a treasure or what?

With a man like him comes a decent-sized (and quality!) wine collection. I consider that a huge plus, but it does come with a few challenges, too.
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Hello, lovely!

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Form follows function – that has been misunderstood.
Form and function should be one, joined in a spiritual union.- Frank Lloyd Wright

I like things to be organized (though I don’t particularly like to do the organizing!) I also like things to be beautiful. When those two features merge into one item, joy ensues. I recently found the Day Designer, a beautiful labor of love from the talented Whitney English. Spurred on by her own frustration with planner products and entrepreneur organization challenges, Whitney set out to make something better. After loads of research about productivity and branding, the Day Designer was born.

I have to admit that the beauty side of this planner is a major draw for me. I’m far more likely to sit down and plan out my week/month when the process is lovely and fun. This planner has luxuriously thick, beautiful paper, a shiny spiral binding and beautiful gold metal corner details and a fun black and white stripe pattern that makes it ultra-chic. I love seeing it sitting on my desk and look forward to writing in it and planning with intention, which is a half the battle for me. The day pages just make sense. With an hourly agenda, a to do list, top three to do prompts, notes, a section for gratitude and an inspirational quote for the day, the page helps you organize your top priorities and visualize those alongside your schedule and longer priorities list. Having written things down this way for a month or so now, I realize that my to do lists are WAY too long (read: unrealistic) and I love being able to write them down on future dates and put them out of my sight and mind until the appropriate day so that I can better focus on what I need to be doing today.

Not sure the Day Designer’s page style is for you? Whitney is kind enough to offer a free download for you to try it out before investing in one. (Now, that’s a woman who is confident in her product.) I’m really loving mine – and the private Facebook group that you’re invited to when you own one, in which people post myriad ideas for better organization and using your Day Designer in the best way possible for keeping overwhelm at bay in your own life. So, hop on over to Whitney’s site and take a look around. My guess is that you’ll love her sophisticated, gorgeous (and don’t forget functional!) products as much as I do.

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Grab yours here…

My New Erin Condren Planner

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I’ve always been a “paperless” gal. I think it comes from my years in consulting, when I rarely stayed in one city for more than a few nights and had my badge of pro-traveler honor, platinum status, on an airline or two and at more than one hotel chain. (Looking back, it may be a little sad that the hotel staff knew me by name in more than one city!) I quickly became a pro at packing and traveling with as absolutely little as possible, which is key for being nimble in airports, switching flights last-minute and lowering general frustration levels when traveling. All that is to say, I certainly didn’t save room for a paper organizer and was completely digital in as many ways as possible.

Now, however, my life looks very different.  With two children and a full-time jewelry design business, I have a zillion things to write down and organize. Suddenly, a paper organizer just makes sense. With the upcoming holiday season approaching and all of the markets that I participate in, I need a place to organize all of the setting up, show details and such. I also need a place where I can write notes to myself while at the shows, and my current post-it note method is failing miserably. Inevitably, customers mention something to me at a show and I promise something and then at the end of a busy day, after chatting with thousands of customers, I have absolutely no idea what we talked about! Enter my new planner.

A few years ago for Christmas, my sister-in-law gave me a calendar from Erin Condren and I loved the colors and font and fun feel of it, which made it fun to actually use! Actually, she ordered the organizer and had it sent to me and it arrived with the wrong name on the cover. I called the company and they were so kind and quick to replace it, free of charge. Yay for great customer service!

So, this year, when I needed a new planner, I went straight to the Erin Condren website and found out that you can customize your cover with your own photos – genius! So, I uploaded some jewelry photos and, voila! A few days later, this beauty arrived…


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Isn’t she cute?  I love the fact that it is customized with photos of my own jewelry designs, and I’ve already gotten tons of compliments on it at a holiday market. There are monthly views and weekly column views, pockets for keeping loose bits of paper which is key for me!), cute stickers for decorating the pages and marking special events, an adorable personalized notepad at the back and a cute little clear zippered pouch for storing paperclips, post-it notes, etc. Photos of the inside below.

If this baby doesn’t keep me more organized, I’m afraid that nothing will! What are your favorite organization tools? Please share in the comments below, as I can use ALL of the help that I can get!

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