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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 Bag | Fossil Sydney Satchel

I can't remember exactly how I first discovered the Fossil Sydney Satchel but it was definitely featured on a YouTube video at the beginning of the year.  Since then, I've been lusting over it at every available opportunity because it showcased itself as my 'bag for life', if you will.

What's In My Bag | Fossil Sydney Satchel
It's a proper leather handbag and, from what I'd seen on the numerous videos I'd watched, was like a bottomless pit.  But £140 is a lot to pay for any single item and not one that I thought I could afford any time soon.  However, the lovely Tanya and her husband both had some similar advice which sealed the deal for me. They asked me if it would be a bag that I would use every day (the answer was 'yes') and to break down the price per day over a year (just over 38p per day). So I put it at the top of my wishlist.  Some opportunities came along at the right time and when I checked the website the price had been reduced (although the colour I originally wanted wasn't in stock at the time). The investment was made.

The bag turned up a few days later and I have no regrets whatsoever! I'm even glad that the colour I first wanted was out of stock because, as you'll see from this video, there's a theme running through my colour choices at the moment - the tan colour feels like such a classic.  It's also going to patina beautifully and just get better with age, just like it's owner *ahem*

Have a watch of the video and let me know what you think. I'm in L.O.V.E. and it hasn't left my side since it arrived!