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2016 planner :: kate spade new york large 2016 17 month planner (gold dots version)
I was a super nerd in high school - as editor of the school paper (the Buffalog, in case you're wondering), I lived out of my planner. It was my bible, something that gave me some much needed structure at a time in my life when I felt like everything was spiraling out of control. When I started college, and experienced that rush of freedom that comes with being on one's own for the very first time, I abandoned my extreme left-braininess and my planner obsession with it. Since then, I've occasionally tried getting in the habit of keeping a calendar (mostly for the blog's sake), but the only one I've been able to stick with is Google.
So, when the Kate Spade New York planners came around, with all their extreme trendiness, I steered far clear, desperately trying to avoid looking like I was following along. I scoffed and rolled my eyes and never even bothered thumbing through one at the bookstore - which is why it took be by extreme surprise when I was hit with the sudden and intense need to have one a few weeks ago.
I caved to said need rather quickly, and called about a half a dozen bookstores before I finally found one in stock at a Barnes & Noble in Salt Lake. If I had any kind of patience, I would have held out for the "She is Quick and Curious and Playful and Strong" version that I really had my heart set on, but in my insane need, I settled for the uber-popular "Gold Dots" edition and dropped $36.00 on a planner I had previously made fun of (btw, it also comes in "Black Stripes").
As soon as I got my hands on it, I was obsessed. I still wish I had waited for the "She Is Quick" cover to ship, but Gold Dots has not disappointed. While there are a few cons (exactly three), there's enough goodness about the Kate Spade 2016 planner to easily justify the $36 expenditure - assuming it's something you'll stick with and continue using, which, given the pretty design, easy to use layout and overall usefulness, shouldn't be too hard to do.
The planner itself is a hardbound design with a covered gold spiral and black elastic to keep it closed when not in use. The cover opens to a small interior plaque for your name and a double sided pocket in a pretty peach hue (in the Gold Dots version, anyway - the other two designs also have different interior decor). All of the sections are neatly divided by typed tabs along the right side, beginning with a 2016 & 2017 at a glance calendar that's not very convenient for day-to-day, but potentially useful for long term planning. The second section is labeled Celebrations and has the normal list of annual holidays, as well as a section for each month where you can keep track of birthdays, anniversaries, family reunions, etc. Following Celebrations is Notes, which I think is pretty self explanatory.
After Notes come the last few months of 2015, followed by the whole of 2016 - the first month of the planner is August 2015, which means it's usable right now (huge plus for someone who couldn't wait onemoresecond to buy one). Each month has it's own tab where a monthly calendar is displayed, along with a small column for notes, followed by the weekly view, where every seven days are spread across two facing pages. In most planners I've owned, the days are blocked off with times, which I always found wildly irritating. There's plenty of stuff going on in my day that doesn't necessarily have a specific timeframe, but because I'm so intensely OCD, I found it difficult to just "write it in wherever". The Kate Spade 2016 planner, however, has eight blank lines to fill in appointments, deadlines, lunch dates or even just write a short essay about your day. This is incredibly useful as a blogger, because now I can use my planner as my editorial calendar, instead of trying to maintain two separate books. Weeks are laid out from Monday to Sunday, and the planner ends with the last week of 2016 on Sunday, January 1st.
As much as I love the Kate Spade 2016 planner overall, there are a few cons: foremost, there's no pen/pencil keeper - I've been keeping mine in the spiral, which works, but it would still be nice to have a more secure spot to attach it. There's also no marker to keep your place in the year. It's relatively easy to turn to the month, but you have to thumb through a few more pages to get to the week; not a huge inconvenience, but still a bit of a turn off. I also wish there was more space allotted specifically to each month for notes - this mostly a personal preference, as I LOVE to write out my brainstorms, ideas, important conversations, etc. by hand and try to keep notes on all important interactions. Ideally, I'd like to keep these notes in my planner, with a few pages for notes behind each month. Instead, I think I will pick up a cute Kate Spade spiral notebook with the "She is Quick" cover I love.
In short, I'm sold on the Kate Spade New York 2016 planner - it's already had a huge impact on how well I've been able to plan ahead and keep myself on track, and I don't feel my interest in it waning. In fact, it's spawned a new obsession with all things Kate Spade - including her new fragrance, Walk on Air (the silver cylinder seen poking out of my shirt pocket in the photos above). I love how easy it is to keep my sometimes insane life together when it's all laid out on paper - and how much more motivated to take said crazy life on that having it all laid out makes me feel. Knowing what responsibilities are required when makes it easier (and more fulfilling) to have fun impromptu adventures with Kumquat, and it's had a noticeable influence on both the blog (see all of the recent posts!) and my life in general.
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