I thought I had planner peace when I discovered traveler’s notebooks….but here I am six months later with another ring-bound planner. *shrug* #plannerlife
Y’know, if you’re looking for planner peace, don’t. Your style and your needs change, so just look for what suits you best at the time.
I’ve been downsizing ever since I started this planning thing. After brainstorming how to further simplify and organize the inside of my purse, I finally considered combining my wallet and planner.
Hello, Kate Spade Carlisle Street Agenda. She’s cute, right?I’ve been using it for almost a week and so far, so good! Here’s a flip through and review:
- Price – Retailing for $189, the price for Kate Spade agendas are pretty steep. The good news is that where there’s a will, there’s a sale. If you’re lucky to live near a Kate Spade Outlet, you can score one for up to 60% off retail price. I found mine on Amazon for just under $80.
- It looks like the Carlisle planner has been discontinued on the official website, but there are other solid-color agendas available.
- Construction – The personal size about a third larger than a clutch-style wallet and perfect for an every day carry. On the left side of the planner, you’ll find eight card slots and two pockets to hold cash and other necessities.
The left pocket is easily accessible but the one on the right is a bit tight. I store my checkbook there, as I won’t need to access it often.
While this doesn’t include a compartment for change, there are affordable alternatives like envelopes or this Recollections personal zip pouch.
If you look closely, you’ll see that the rings are not completely aligned. *GASP*. Considering what I spent on this planner, I’m not too thrilled by that. However, it’s only a cosmetic issue that doesn’t affect the function of the planner. I’m also not willing to wait another 4+ days to send it back and get a replacement, so perhaps I’ll find a way to fix it myself.
- Inserts – This includes a 17-18 yearly calendar, month on two page inserts, and week on two page inserts. They’re streamlined and minimal in design, which I love! Perfect for both the functional and glam planner.
The dividers have the signature Andrea Ferolla artwork which appear on the back of the monthly pages. They’re lovely but don’t coordinate much with my style. The paper quality is OK – a gel pen shows through the pages easily, so I use a ballpoint pen.
The planner came with sections for notes, a to-do list, birthdays, restaurants and addresses. I did a little personalizing and now have these:
In the spirit of getting functional, I traded the fancy, watercolor sticky notes for some good old-fashioned Post-Its.
These bold and summery stickies are from their Cape Town collection, which I found at Wal-Mart.
At the very back, there’s a roomy and secure secretarial pocket. I store a few sheets of functional stickers and an envelope with receipts and reward cards here.
The pen loop is on the smaller side and fits ballpoint and marker pens pretty well. Larger pens and those with rubber grips can go inside the rings.
Additional Thoughts:Aside from the wayward rings, this is a well-made planner. I really enjoy having the zip closure too. No more pens and planner charms floating at the bottom of my purse!
This agenda is best suited for non-stuffers. To fit all my necessities, I’m only carrying six months of inserts at a time. If you prefer to go light with accessories and embellishments, this’ll be a great addition to your wallet and planner collection.
What are your favorite planner systems? Are you more of a ring, spiral, or traveler’s notebook user?