Collins Stationery – Love At First Sight

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.

Collins Love at First Sight

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.

Collins Parker Pen

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.

Collins Organiser

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….

Stevie x

*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*

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  1. 18 January 2016 / 1:41 pm

    Oh I love stationery! What gorgeous items, Collins are fab – no wonder you’re pleased x

    • 18 January 2016 / 1:47 pm

      I absolutely love it, especially the pen as you may have guessed ha!!

      Stevie x

  2. Claire
    18 January 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Just one word… jealous!
    I too am a stationary freek…just walking into paperchase puts a huge grin on my face!
    Enjoy your fabulous pink pen, great review ☺

    • 18 January 2016 / 7:56 pm

      Ha I do get a little over excited by a shop with stationery in ;) I’m a proud stationery geek!

      Stevie x

  3. Christine Kenny
    22 January 2016 / 7:21 am

    These look great. Im a little bit of a stationery hoarder myself, and can never pass a stationery shop without going in. I love that pen, super cute. #PicknMix

    • 22 January 2016 / 10:22 am

      See I knew other bloggers would understand my excitement ha ;)

      Stevie x

  4. 22 January 2016 / 9:00 am

    Oh I love these. I am a bit of a stationary freak too, I used to get excited about buying new stationary at the end of the summer holidays for the new term in September, so sad! That pink pen is lovely and I bet that organiser is going to get a lot of use. Great review xx #picknmix

    • 22 January 2016 / 10:28 am

      Ha I am forever buying gorgeous notebooks and journals and then trying to find a specific important use for them that explains why I HAD to buy them ;)

      Stevie xx

  5. 22 January 2016 / 9:54 am

    I am a huge stationary lover as well! My weakness is pens! Whenever anyone I know goes away on holiday they know to bring me back a pen from their travels. My sister lives in Canada and travels a lot with her work so I have some from far and wide. I think one of my favourites is one she brought back from Utah for me – its cactus shaped! Oh I also used to have parker pens at school- they were all the rage!

    Rachel xx

    • 22 January 2016 / 10:29 am

      Ha a cactus pen I love it!! ;)

      Stevie xx

  6. 22 January 2016 / 11:54 am

    These are gorgeous. I love a pretty diary like this and it looks a good size too. I would love a decent pen! Lucky lady. You will be the envy of all and I wouldn’t loan out that pen either

    • 22 January 2016 / 12:27 pm

      I’ve already caught at least two members of this house sneakily using it ;)

      Stevie x

  7. 22 January 2016 / 1:35 pm

    How lovely. I seriously need a new organiser, my brain is slowly being fried with the amount of information I am constantly trying to retain to manage these kids!

    • 22 January 2016 / 2:49 pm

      Ha I know the feeling, I’d be lost with organisers and multiple lists!

      Stevie x

  8. 22 January 2016 / 2:16 pm

    Stevie. I understand your obsession with stationery completely. I’m exactly the same. My other half says my desk looks a mess as I have about 80 pens across various organisers. But I can’t help it. I love them (and all other types of stationery). Your diary and pen are really pretty!

    Sally @ Life Loving

    • 22 January 2016 / 2:51 pm

      Oh what I wouldn’t give for a desk to work at ha ;) Just think of all the stationery I could fit on and in it ;)

      Stevie x

  9. 22 January 2016 / 3:40 pm

    Oooo I love stationary! It makes me feel all organised. These all look lovely #picknmix

    • 22 January 2016 / 8:31 pm

      Ha me too, I own a ridiculous amount of stationery :)

      Stevie x

  10. 22 January 2016 / 4:28 pm

    You were posh if you had a Parker pen at my school lol…
    I’m not a fan of pink but it all looks great. Happy writing! :)

    • 22 January 2016 / 8:32 pm

      I’m not very often a pink kind of person in anything other than stationery ;)

      Stevie x

  11. Sara @ Handy Herbs
    22 January 2016 / 5:43 pm

    I love stationery too and know what you mean about having a Parker :) I also love the colour of them both. Enjoy using them! #PicknMix

    • 22 January 2016 / 8:34 pm

      They have some beautiful items on their site, I’ve already been hinting to Si for my birthday in April ;)

      Stevie x

  12. Lianne
    22 January 2016 / 6:28 pm

    I am forever coveting (and stealing!) my kids stationary. So much trendy design and choice to choose from these days. #PicknMix

    • 22 January 2016 / 8:38 pm

      Definitely, I love some of the cute rubbers my boys have :)

      Stevie x

  13. Tracey Abrahams
    22 January 2016 / 7:32 pm

    I love stationary. This addiction is much older thanmy blog. It goes back to school days. Every summer going to Woolworths to restock my pencil case, bliss. These days I have a house full of notebooks. The problem is the beautiful ones (like my fake dragonskin Targaryen notebook) are far too beautiful for me to acrually write in, so they jist sit and look beautiful while the £1.99 wilko notebooks get scribbled in (sad….me……yes!!)

    • 23 January 2016 / 6:52 pm

      I used to love getting back to school stationery :)) Ha I have special note books that I don’t write in until they have a specific use, they aren’t for random notes ;)

      Stevie x

  14. 22 January 2016 / 8:06 pm

    wow…gorgeous! Really jealous! I struggle to find a scrap of paper without scribbling on it, and a pen that works in this house! #PickNMix

    • 23 January 2016 / 6:53 pm

      I am watching that pen like a hawk as pens go walkabout in this house as well ;)

      Stevie x

  15. Ellie @ Hand Me Down Baby
    22 January 2016 / 8:36 pm

    “Oh my days” indeed! I love stationary and those are beautiful.
    I never thought I would, but I tend to only use my phone for everything these days, but I still love a good organiser…and that Parker pen…drool!
    Lucky you to get these to review.

    • 23 January 2016 / 7:04 pm

      I’m old school I never 100% trust anything digital to not go wrong ;)

      Stevie x

  16. Jodie Allen at Makeup to Motherhood
    22 January 2016 / 8:41 pm

    I too am a massive stationery addict – I have no idea why it is so addicting, it’s a funny one really isn’t it! But that organiser really is beautiful! #PicknMix

    • 23 January 2016 / 7:05 pm

      I just love pretty things that are functional ha!

      Stevie x

  17. 22 January 2016 / 8:47 pm

    Oooooh I love a bit of stationery too. How lucky to be able to choose what you wanted from their website. The pen does look really lovely! #PicknMix

    • 23 January 2016 / 7:07 pm

      They have even more gorgeous bits on their site too, it was so hard to choose!

      Stevie x

  18. 22 January 2016 / 9:48 pm

    What a review opportunity!! I’m so addicted to stationery, it’s unreal. My favourite ever pen was a soft grip fountain pen that I lost while at university. I could never find the exact one again and I still miss it to this day! :) #picknmix

  19. 23 January 2016 / 3:58 pm

    They look lovely. I’m a complete stationary addict, got really excited about receiving my planner this year to get organised on my blog. What a geek I am! #picknmix

  20. Rachel (Lifeathomewithmrsb)
    23 January 2016 / 7:32 pm

    Oh i love stationary!! I love organisers and get all excited when i’m filling them in haha #picknmix fridays

  21. 24 January 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Ha,Stevie the pen perv!I love Parker pens though,a few years ago we had some limited edition ones sent to work as free gifts for the customers,I obviously asked if I could have one.Its still in it’s box all perfect!Funnily enough my other half says Parker pens were all the rage when he was at school,when I was it was smelly rubbers and Bros badges lol #picknmix

    • 24 January 2016 / 8:27 pm

      Oooh I need some scented rubbers, I used to love them too! :)

      Stevie x

  22. 24 January 2016 / 7:52 pm

    I am such a stationary addict it’s ridiculous – I already have three 2016 diaries because I couldn’t choose between them! Absolutely love the pink pen and you’ve made me very nostalgic of my school days when I had a parker pen which I lost – I was gutted! I still need to replace it and think I may treat myself after reading this! #PicknMix x

    • 24 January 2016 / 8:25 pm

      Ha I LOVE that you have three diaries ;)

      Stevie x

  23. 24 January 2016 / 9:03 pm

    Jealous. Jealous. Jealous ;) Love it!!!!!!!!!!!! #picknmix xx

  24. 28 January 2016 / 8:21 pm

    What beautiful stationary! Loving the pink. I love a good pen lol. Thanks for hosting #picknmix xx

    • 29 January 2016 / 10:19 am

      My pleasure lovely

      Stevie x

  25. 29 January 2016 / 7:46 am

    I love the colour of this pen, its nice to have something thats feminine. I had no idea that collins did stationary I just thought they did dictionaries! LOL that probably makes me the sad one :) Thanks for hosting #PickNMix xx

    • 29 January 2016 / 1:22 pm

      I don’t think they used to ;) they do some gorgeous pieces now though, and I am still in love with my pen sad as that makes me ha!x

  26. There's always time for tea
    31 January 2016 / 10:53 am

    Very Jealous! I love them xx