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This time last year I was thinking about starting a Bullet Journal, they had become quite popular online and I thought they were really similar to what I was already doing to I thought I’d give it a go to. I had dreams of Pinterst-worthy pages, filled with beautiful calligraphy and super organised pages but I soon realised that my calligraphy isn’t great, I haven’t got the same patience as the people on Pinterest and I’m not that orgnaised and here’s what else I learnt…

Sometimes pen & paper is better than the digital version
I’m forever stuck in the predicament as to whether I want to digitize my life or if pen and paper is okay but I simply can’t find a way that works for me on my phone or laptop; I can’t find a nice way to store things and I like the freedom you have to draw with a pen and paper.

A dotted diary is very versatile
When I first heard that I needed a dotted diary I thought it was a little unnecessary, why not lined or plain white? The dots allow you to write the same way as you would on lined paper but really help when drawing, especially for graphs and tables. I guess squared would also be useful but would look as nice and delicate as dotted does. The Leuchttrum1917 A5 Dotted are the standard ones people use and are really nice quality.

Decorating the pages is too much for me
When I first started I thought every page would be beautifully decorated and still I love the idea of it but I just don’t have the time or patience for it. The whole point of me having a bullet journal is to be more productive and decorating a page would just be another way to procrastinate. Don’t get me wrong, sometimes I use some washi tape or coloured pens (fancy right?) but I need the decor element to be quick and easy.

Simplicity is key
Bullet Journals work differently from person to person, I love the idea of water trackers on each page but I just don’t think it’s a priority for me. I don’t do fancy keys and tick boxes which are pretty standard in the Bullet Journal Community as I find it too tricky and find a simple tick works just as well.

It’s a working progress & making it work for me
Last year I had a go at listing every single restaurant I went to but really didn’t get very far and ditched that idea for 2017. It’s great to learn from last year or the month before to find different things that work for me. I also work back to front in the notebook for all my paid work and it works really well too.

Crossing out is hard, even if my journal was less than perfect
To call my Bujo less than perfect is an understatement, it’s basically a mess but even I find it hard to cross something out and sometimes simply move onto the next page but I suspect it’s a feeling a lot of people have. I actually always skip the first few pages as the pressure of filling them with the right thing is a little too much for me.

I still need a diary, a small one but I need one none the less
I use to have two diaries and a notebook but have since switched to a small light one for my handbag and my Bujo. I use to love the A5 one day view diaries which I could fill with lists, plans and ideas but now don’t think I need a big one. I do still keep a small diary as I don’t plan my Bujo very far in advance so need a diary to kep track of dates but not much more. I think I will sooner or later take my diary digital but for now this is working for me. (Also, worth noting I do have other diaries which were recently sent to me, I love them, they’re beautiful but I don’t currently have much of a use for them but photograph them lots as they look beautiful- more on those soon)

They’re great for future reference 
I just sat and looked through my 2016 Bujo and there was a weird sense of achievement. As I’ve said it’s not pretty but it’s something I worked at for the last year and it’s a stream of my thoughts. I know lots of people throw them away but I keep all my old notebooks as they’re a great way to come back to a certain time in your life or revisit old ideas.

It’s quite a private place
I wanted to dig in and show you my bullet journal but as I was taking these photos I became quite secretive and self-conscious. My boyfriend says I write like a child (and he’s right) so I don’t really like showing my handwriting but more than that inside I have lots of my ideas, dreams and aspirations which I don’t currently want to share on here. I think that’s okay, as it’s my interpretation of a Bullet Journal to fill with whatever I want and I’m very much looking forward to filling up another one this year.

So inclusion, it’s 2017 and I’m starting Bullet Journal number two. They require a tiny bit more work but I love mine. If you’re interested then have a look on Pinterest, YouTube and this Facebook Page for some more inspiration.

What’s your favourite way or organise yourself?

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I’ve never spoken about Zoella’s range on here as I always felt it was aimed at a slightly younger audience but last week I had the chance to visit the #zoellaapartment which was filled with new launches and the new Zoella Lifestyle range. I was really surprised by the fact that it’s a bit more grown up and I would buy almost everything from the range, so I had to share some of the photos I took and share my thoughts.

I’m actually quite the Zoella fan and although I don’t watch all of her main channel videos, I think few YouTubers daily vlog as well as her and I do think her channel is growing up a little (as her, and her audience get older.) which was really reflected in the new products.
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The apartment had lots on display including newness being added to the original Zoella Beauty range, which I really haven’t tried much from. Although I think the range is really pretty I find it to be still a little aimed at teens for me. That said the new Christmas Gingerbread Fizz Trio smell amazing, the scent isn’t too overpowering or even overly artificial and I think I’ll be buying these when they come out! If you’re a fan of the beauty range then you’ll be happy to see that she has added a new gingerbread hand cream, a mini fragrance set and some other great gifting products for Christmas as well as a hand sanitiser, bath soak and body cream to her permanent line. Another notable product launch for Christmas is the Pamper Hamper, at £50 it’s the priciest gift from the range but would blow any Zoella fan away (exclusive to Superdrug).
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Then onto the new Home Fragrance, candles and defuser range…

She kept her Zoella scribble on the packaging for these but the rest of the packaging is so beautiful that I think it still looks grown up and I’d love to have these in my house. There are five scents; My Eden, Seaside Stroll, Lazy Days, Daisy Picking, Gingerbread Village and Homemade Treats. I’ve heard (may not be true) that Daisy Picking is Zoe’s Favourite but personally I love Lazy Days as it’s a really beautiful fresh scent. I was really surprised by the scents in the range and Gingerbread Village is the only one I really expected, the scents are very grown up and sophisticated, I’m actually not too sure if younger teens would love this range but I guess they’re not the ones usually buying candles and diffusers. Candles are £10 and diffusers £12, would recommend these wether you are a Zoella fan or not as a great affordable candle option.
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The most exciting thing in my option though is the new Zoella Lifestyle range; it’s any bloggers dream with lots of marble and copper, I actually think it’s quite Kate Spade inspired but on a smaller budget. That said somethings are still quite obviously branded which will probably put some people off if they’re not huge fans (or simply not a huge fan of branding).

The lifestyle range retail from £5-14 and includes everything from pencils and storage pots to cushions and socks. Other than the keyring I love everything in the range especially the pencils, notebooks, storage pots and travel mug.

Very impressed by the new Zoella products and keep and eye out as I’m sure I’ll be featuring a few bits on my Instagram.

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I first heard about Bullet Journaling from Lily Pebbles on Twitter, after a quick Google I realised it was probably something I would enjoy and similar to my current system. If you’re still unsure as to what Bullet Journaling is then head over to Lily’s blog post here to find out more.

I’ve never really had one notebook and instead used a few different pads of paper and notebooks for different things. I like to have timetables and lists but use to keep these separate and was very much drawn to the idea that I could have these all together in a diary that I designed myself to suit all my needs.

Getting started was a little scary but there are guides all over the internet and I opted for the Leuchtturm Dotted notebook. I decided that I wasn’t going to be too precious with mine and not worry too much about my horrible writing or bother trying to improve my cursive. I do occasionally still decorate my pages because it’s fun but usually with washi tape or small doodles.

I want my Bullet Journal to be across between a journal, organiser and a place for all my notes and lists. I started by adding in the organiser aspect and drawing out some calendars and adding in important dates. I also added a page to track my blog stats, a quotes page, a page with all the hotels I’m staying at this year as I think it’ll be cool to look back on in the future, a list of films I’ve seen this year, blog post ideas, a list of things to pack every time I go away and more. This might not be how everyone else uses their journal but I’m really enjoying all these lists.

At the end/beginning of every day/month/week I start a new page or section where I plan for the time ahead, write to-do lists and brainstorm ideas. I don’t do this on a absolutely daily basis but when I am having an at home productive day then I think it really helps and theres  even a key on how you should mark items once they’re done. I also love starting the new month, drawing out a timetable of posts and I really find that getting everything helps me stay on track.

I think my Bullet Journal isn’t really like the ones you see on Pinterest but I’m really enjoying and finding it useful. I know a lot of people already have a sort of DIY diary which is great, there is no need to change over to a Bullet Journal but if you’re overwhelmed by all the notebooks and pieces of paper that you may have then I would really recommend considering a BuJo.

One more thing, I do still use my diary/organiser as I like that all the dates are written out until the end of the year but much much less and I really wish I hadn’t bought a one-page-a-day one, I now write all my lists in my BuJo. I am considering moving my calendar onto my phone but I do love writing it all down.

Have you tried Bullet Journalling? What if your current system like?

 

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I love a good stationery haul. Other than makeup stationery has to be my weakness but I’ve recently been able to control it quite well, even if the huge Sharpie set from WHSmith was on sale and I have never been so tempted by something in my life. (slight exaggeration but they were incredible!)

The first thing I needed for the new year was a new diary, in the past I’ve used Moleskine but since I really like the one-day-per-page diary’s I opted for a Paperchase one last year. This year however I went for a Sainsbury’s one, Sainsbury’s stationery game is pretty strong at the moment and they have such fab prints on everything from notebooks and diary’s to pen and paperclips. I was between a few of them but in the end went for this black and gold polka dotted one and I’m really happy with it, I love the layout of the pages as well as the extra space for notes, I only wish it also had a bookmark.

Finding a notebook was by far the hardest challenge of the last few weeks but I love to start the new year with a new notebook. Last year I picked up a soft cover, black notebook with no lines (I think that might make it a sketchbook) from a Pinterest event and although quite boring it was absolutely perfect! The soft cover meant I could role it up and the plain inside meant I could write or draw as big or as small as I wished. Who knew finding a replacement would be so hard?! I searched high and low but everything had lines or a hard cover, even sketchbook in art shops were never right- often having very thick paper. In the end something had to give and I decided that I would have to buy one with lines, I spotted this pastel set of Moleskins on offer in Sainsbury’s and the colour persuaded me, even if they are lined. They’re also a little smaller than I would have liked but I guess getting a new notebook three times a year could be quite exciting.

Last month I was also introduced to Kikki.K which is a Scandinavian stationery shop, everything in there is so beautiful but a little on the pricey side if you want an organiser or something of the kind, not so pricey that you won’t be able to afford it but enough to make you think twice. I didn’t really need anything but could help but pick up a pen and some gold tape, silly but I wanted something.

Then onto yesterday evenings Selfridges purchases, all silly and unnecessary but such a bargain I couldn’t resist. I bought quite a lot in the sale this year (haul coming soon) but sadly most of it will be going back. Last night I popped into Selfridges in the evening just to exchange a lipstick and stumbled across the sale table in the stationery section. I largely bought bits for props for blog photos such as these letters which cost 10p down from £1.50, the string of stars £1 down from £18 (who pays £18 for these?!), some bronze paper for 20p and some gold binder clips for £2 down from £18.

Whilst in Selfridges I also checked out the Kate Spade section, all so beautiful but just so pricey!