Today is a very exciting day in the planner community! Erin Condren has released her 2016-2017 Life Planners!
I was on the website a few minutes early and saw that the life planners were already available. I went through and customized my planner and added it to my cart. The new interchangeable covers were not yet available. I waited until the actual release time, 8:00 am MST or 9:00 am CST. Sure enough the new individual covers were updated and I put a few in my cart as well.
There have been more than a few hiccups with the system (as I have seen on Twitter that customers have been charged multiple times for the same order). In addition the website has been on and off ever since the launch. I know the Erin Condren team has put their hearts into the products. I don't hold any of the flaws in ordering against them, although every year history seems to repeat itself.
When I was ordering I realized about the 'new' life planner customizable process. In the customizable process - if you choose a normal cover you don't have to pay extra. For a metallic cover you pay $10 extra. The next screen is personalization. To add your name it is an extra $5.
The life planner = $50.00 base rate (with non-personalized cover), to add your name the total is $55.00.
The interchangeable covers [separate] are $8 for normal and $10 for metallic on their own, this includes personalization.
What I ended up doing was chose a cover (the pineapple print in lilac) and decided to not personalize it. This is the cover it put on my life planner to ship (currently my total is $50). I then went and put the marble print (as seen below) in my cart on it's own - personalized it was only $8.
My total was $50 + $8 = $58.00 [1 life planner, 1 non-personalized cover, 1 personalized cover]
New life planner process $50 + $5 personalization = $55.00 [1 life planner, 1 personalized cover]
At the end of the day you get a non-personalized interchangeable cover for only $3 more!
I definitely recommend making your life planner with a non-customized cover. Then adding another cover to your cart. There are many covers with quotes and cute designs!
Below are a few of my favorites that I ended up picking up.
[marble, first and last name]
[painted peaks, first and last name]
[in bloom metallic rose gold, first and last name]
[diamonds, first and last name]
[pineapple punch lilac, non-personalized]
*Here is a referral code, as I'm sure most of you have seen before. It will get you $10.00 off your first order with Erin Condren! Click the link below and it will direct you to the Erin Condren site.*
I can only imagine the struggle I will have when I eventually have kids (my wallet will never forgive me). I could not walk past the dog isle at my local Winners without picking up these adorable outfits. This past weekend I thought I would mildly annoy my dogs (Jenna Marbles style) and dress both up for a Christmas photoshoot. My brothers were less than impressed but there is no denying how cute they are!
This was at the end of the photos - Mia was so unimpressed and Miley was rejoicing as she would soon be out of the awful dress!
Above is the H&M Advent Calendar. It has 24 days with a different piece of jewelry or accessory for each. I got this at my local H&M in the jewelry section. At $39.99 the price seemed steep! Even if there are 24 items $40 seemed like a lot compared to other calendars.
I was super curious since I love a lot of H&M jewelry. It is always on trend and decent quality for the price.
This calendar was disappointing to say the least! It wasn't good quality at all! I would expect to find better at a local dollar store. In addition is was tacky. Including Christmas themed products as well as regular. Above is a candy cane key chain that came in one of the days.
Here are three other examples of products. One is a tiny moon charm. This is not the only charm so actually a few days combined make one 'piece' of jewelry. The dangling earrings have a clear bead on the end. I would not wear 90% of the products that this set came with.
All in all I would NOT recommend purchasing this! Save your money and buy one or two pieces that are on trend and much better quality.
I first saw the Dior So Real sunglasses on Amelia Liana in one of her vlogs. I fell in love! I immediately looked in the down bar and comments to see where she had purchased them from. I was disappointed to learn they were by Dior. Only because it meant I would never own a pair. I just couldn't justify the purchase!
I waited and waited in hopes that stores would be bringing out similar styles. By then I had seen them on celebrities such as Rihanna and Olivia Palermo. Forever 21 had a pair that were larger and nice enough (I purchased the tortoise shell pair). However it was this past weekend I stumbled upon a better dupe in my eyes (no pun intended). They were from Aldo. They are $12/pair or 2/$20. I bought the black and clear and with my SPC card got an additional 10% off!
They are not exact dupes as you would expect. The main difference is the bottom of the frames are still plastic not wire like Dior's.
My favorite are the clear. I love the mirrored lenses.
What do you think?! I think it's a great option for a trend piece. Especially at $9/pair!
I recently applied for a certificate program at the University of Alberta. I received my acceptance and quickly enrolled. This obviously gave me a reason to purchase one of Erin Condren's deluxe notebooks.
When you purchase a deluxe notebook and then add the 12 month calendar option the price is $50! That seemed like a lot to me considering this was just a notebook - $50 can buy you a life planner. So when I got an email from Erin Condren saying that they were offering a free calendar upgrade (worth $15) I decided to take the plunge. In addition I had a gift card which significantly lowered my total.
I went ahead with the 8.5 x 11 pink geodes print. I opted for my initials to be capitalized. The colors are beautiful and I feel this is quite a trendy cover. I also love the durable lamination and sturdy coil. *Sorry for the awkward angle - the covers are laminated which creates a terrible glare.
You are able to choose the start date for your calendar option. This is great so you don't purchase a 12 month calendar and only use 10 months. I chose September as that is when school starts. I received the calendar date dots to label my calendar (as it comes blank).
The deluxe notebook came with a clear page marker/ruler which I find very helpful!
It also includes two sticker sheets, a folder and clear pocket.
I love this notebook and although I don't recommend it for kids to use for back to school (just too pricey), it is a great option for post secondary/work. I'm happy with my purchase and look forward to using it!