I was so excited when MARK+FOLD reached out to me to see if I’d be interested in trying and blogging about their new Notebook Mark Three, perfect for bullet journallers (they gifted me the notebook for free). I am so excited to share my thoughts on this beautiful notebook with all of you!
I’ve had my eye on Cloth & Paper for a number of months now, and in a fit of self-care treat-yourself stress, I decided to finally grab a subscription to their monthly boxes. Spoiler alert: I was NOT disappointed. Read on for a detailed review of the box!
Cloth & Paper is an American, woman-owned (yeah!!) stationery company that produces their own luxe and minimal planner accessories and paper goods, as well as sources pens and other writing instruments from Asia and beyond.
I’ve had my eye on Baron Fig for a long time. After learning about their products from Jenny’s blog, The Finer Point (one of my favorite stationery writers!), I was really intrigued and wanted to try out their products, but the price point was just high enough that I never could bring myself to place an order. Silly, I know, especially as their quality seems to be top-notch, their witty illustrations are adorable, and the way they write about their products on the website are full of passion and definitely speak my language (“tools for thinkers”! they use customer feedback to iterate products!).
So I was thrilled to see an email announcing their first in-person pop-up store in New York City in late April! Sometimes it’s really tough to justify living here (so expensive, no space, so many people, the smells) but when things like this happen, New York is pure magic. I snuck out of work early to catch the tail end of their first day at the pop-up and, of course, picked up a few products to try.
Updated December 2019: I am so excited to update this post with the news that the Hightide Downtown LA Store now has an online shop! If you’re looking for an amazing Japanese minimal planner, including the exact one in this post for 2020, click over for sure (and ignore info below about how difficult it is to find these.) Enjoy!
I am SO excited to sit down and share this detailed overview and review of a Hightide Diary planner! It is very difficult to find these planners in the US, let alone find anything written on them in detail in English, so I am both very happy to have my hands on one of these as well as to share lots of images and thoughts with you. This is long overdue since I got this in December (!) – but I tested this planner from January through March and really got to know it, so this will be an in-depth review rather than a “look at this layout!” kind of post.
In this post, you’ll find an introduction to Hightide, an overview of each part of the planner, an explanation of how I use it, a review, and finally where you can buy it if you’re interested (I know these are hard to find!). So grab some coffee, settle in, and let’s get going!
Continuing my ongoing love of Pilot Juice Up gel pens, here’s an overview of the metallic set – four colors plus gold and silver that are pretty much the best metallic pens I’ve used. (Not that I’m totally biased or anything…)
As ever, the Pilot Juice Up gel pens are super smooth and nice and shiny, just like you’d want from a metallic pen. I love the size: the 04 (roughly the same as 0.38 mm) are slim enough that they match my smaller handwriting preferences in my bullet journal, but thick enough to show a lot of the metallic cover.
One of my favorite ways to add subtle accents and cues is with grey gel pens. Surprisingly, they can vary a lot because of the tone of the color. Here are a few of my favorites!
The workhorse of your everyday carry, having a good black gel pen can make or break your planning experience. Here I’ll talk about my favorite black gel pens over the years — believe me, there have been many! — and hopefully you’ll be able to find your favorite too.
We’ll go from thickest width (measured in millimeters) to thinnest. As you might guess if you’ve read this blog before, my favorite pens hail from Japan, and this collection is no different.
Oh washi tapes! How I love to collect you – and rarely use you (stationery addict confession time). The truth is there are so many beautiful washi tapes out there but my neutral, minimalist heart has a lot of trouble making good use of them. Still, I’ve found a few phenomenal ones for any fellow minimalists out there. Plus, a quad of tapes that, sadly, I suggest steering clear of.
Let’s start with my favorites.