Collins stationery…..yes Collins Stationery is what I have been sent to review on my blog. Any non stationery addicts will right now be thinking something along the lines of ‘calm down love’, but those of you who love stationery as much as I do will understand my excitement.
I think a slightly obsessive relationship with stationery comes with the territory as a blogger, and being given free rein to choose anything I wanted off of the Collins website has pretty much made my year already – and it’s only January!
It took me seconds to decide to agree to work with Collins, but much longer to decide what to choose to review. They have so many gorgeous pieces of stationery on their site. I did however make my decision, and I chose to review an organiser and a pink ballpoint Parker pen.
When my pink Parker pen arrived, it was love at first sight and I really don’t care how ‘sad’ that may make me sound. When I was at secondary school Parker pens were the popular pen of choice that everyone either had or wanted to have.
Growing up we really didn’t have a lot of money, so usually I was either the last to get something out of my friends or I never managed to get it. I did have a Parker pen eventually – I’m pretty sure it was a hand-me-down pen from one of my older sisters, but I loved it still the same.
What I would have given for the pink Parker pen I’m reviewing today back when I was at school. I would have been the envy of everyone…. thinking possibly going to my eldest son’s secondary school and waving it around now won’t have the same effect. Plus once they start secondary school, all of a sudden they prefer it if you stay inside the car and pretend to be invisible and not embarrassing at all.
However, before I get carried away reminiscing, I have to say that when my pink Parker pen arrived my inner teenager fell even more in love with it. It’s even more beautiful and classy looking – yes pink can be classy honestly – than I thought it would be. It is so pretty, smooth to touch and reassuringly weighted in my hand.
As a little note to everyone I know – NO you can not borrow my pen, I will hand you a pre-chewed half empty old biro instead.
Oh and this is probably where I should mention that the pen also works. I won’t wax lyrical about how smoothly it writes (it really does) or how nice it feels in my hand (oh my days…), as by this point you already think I’ve lost the plot I’d imagine, but it works perfectly – and did I mention it’s pink?!
The organiser is also something I really needed in my life – it is also pink and will hopefully help me to make 2016 a very calm organised year. I already have a 2016 diary, but because I blog and work from home I have a lot more to fit in a diary than I used to, as I have so much to remember on top of the usual family dates and various cold outdoors sporting events that I enjoy (am forced against my multi-layered but still freezing cold will) going to.
My normal diary has everything in it for the family and myself on a personal level, but my new organiser will be all about the blogging. I plan to use it to list my deadline dates, and the very handy address/contacts section will be for my business contacts.
I am hoping that this way, I will look a lot more professional when at a meeting or blogger’s event, when I pull out my gorgeous organiser to write something in. This is opposed to the usual where I pull out that year’s personal diary and various receipts, eye test appointment reminders and random notes from my children come flying out all over the place.
The organiser itself is a very handy size, as it comes from the Collins range of pocket-sized personal organisers perfect for popping in even a small handbag. It has slots in the front inside cover that would be perfect for keeping cards in and which I plan on keeping a few of my own business cards in, to make sure I always have them handy.
The beauty of this organiser is, that the address and diary sheets are all held in with a ring binder type fixing, so if you wanted to turn it in to just an address book you could remove the diary part and vice versa. Also, you can buy extra sheets and different ones from the Collins site, so you can have it exactly how you want it and use it as a diary for other years as well in the future if you wanted.
There’s even a handy note pad at the back for to do lists. Usually when I review something, I try to think of constructive criticisms… nope really can not manage to with these.
Thank you Collins, dangerously I have now bookmarked your stationery site….
*I was sent the items in this post for the purpose of reviewing, but all thoughts and feelings are as ever my own and honest*