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My Diary For 2023

Every year I write a blog post about which diary system or set up I am going to use for the following twelve months. In recent years, I have moved away from a Filofax (I trialled something earlier this year - more of that in a minute) and fallen in love with the Hobonichi printed diaries. For the last two years I have used a Hobonichi Weeks as my personal planner and I won't be deviating from that this year. I have tried a Hobonichi Techo A6 a couple of times but have never managed to feel comfortable with it size-wise.  I have always lusted after the Hobonichi Cousin A5 as a main work planner so, this year, I have bitten the bullet at launch time and invested in my very first one. Hobonichi Weeks The Hobonichi Weeks is a slim diary with a yearly, monthly and weekly layout. The main section is a "week to view with notes" and there are an additional 70 note pages at the back. This year (2022) I used the "Mega" version which comes with almost three times as m

What's In My Handbag (Part 7) - The 2016 Edition

What's In My Bag 2016 - Atmosphere from Primark

I adore watching 'What's In My Bag' videos on YouTube (I've filmed a couple of my own in the past too) however after receiving a lovely new bag for Christmas and treating myself to a new purse with a gift vouchers I thought I'd give you a sneaky peek into I carry around with me on a daily basis. It also gave me a really good excuse to have a tidy up and sort through all the Christmas present receipts that I needed to put away in a safe place that I'll instantly forget the moment I need them.

The bag is from Atmosphere at Primark. Not a hugely expensive brand but this shape, size and handle size is perfect for me for every day use at work. It has one large front pocket and inside the bag there are two small pockets and zipped pocket. It's in a gorgeous burgundy colour which I would probably never have bought for myself but I now love it!


If I'm going out at weekend I tend to move my purse, keys and phone into another, smaller bag (another Atmosphere at Primark bag - bowling bag style) and I always have a spare pen and a couple of business cards and a lip gloss in there too.

I've tried smaller bags but have found myself adding items each day and trying to squeeze extra items in. And without wanting to genderise the whole "bag thing", I have noticed that more guys are using 'man-bags' these days but there's much more style choice these days, isn't there? I used to wonder how people cope with just the stuff they can carry in their pockets but not many of my clothes have pockets in them (or they are too flimsy) and maybe that's the reason why.

Do you think that carrying around all this stuff is normal and similar to you or is this a bit excessive? What size bag do you use? Let me know!

What's in the bag...

car and house keys | Samsung J5 phone with a shockproof cover from Amazon | business card holder | Lumsing portable charger  | a mini Sharpie | Hobonichi Techo planner | Jasper Conran purse | Debenhams card holder | Ted Baker glasses case which holds my spare glasses, my cheap sunglasses and a contact lens case with some solution in it | a Tangle Tease brush | Perceive from Avon body spray | two spare pens - a fineliner and a 4-colour biro | make up bag with Bare Minerals lipgloss in Maverick, a pack of disposable nail files, a small mirror, a handbag size spray of Perceive from Avon, a No7 mascara, Smashbox black and white eyeliner, a mini lip brush, a glass nail file,plasters, a double-ended eye shadow sponge, Burts Bees lip balm | a Nutrigrain breakfast bar | tissues | headache tablets | a packet of Polos and a box of Tictacs | Nivea hydro care lip balm