Some Women Go for Gucci, I <3 Erin Condren

With today’s launch of the 2019-2020 life planner by Erin Condren, I thought it would be fun to take a look at my obsession collection of EC accessories for the life planner from over the years. I first heard about Erin Condren back in 2014, when their 2014-2015 “Party Pops” planner cover was launched. I immediately fell head over heels for the fun, bold colors, confetti-full cover, vellum overleaf page, and vertical layout.

In 2015, I got my first life planner and it was okay. It seemed like just another in a latest of phases as I moved from one agenda calendar system to the next (remember my Filofax phase, anyone?). But it wasn’t until the release of the 2015-2016 life planner, with its newest option, rose gold foil, coils, and metallic covers, that I fell hard. That rose gold, hitting at a time when it was just starting to rise in popularity (but had always been a favorite of mine), it was irresistible. There was no going back. I was going to commit to being an Erin Condren woman.

Yes, I can hear your thinking now, “She is seriously crazy. Nobody gets that excited over office supplies.” That’s okay. If you understand my addiction, we’re bound to be friends. If you don’t, well, you can stop reading now if you haven’t already. This post of gushing over paper products is continuing anyway!

The 2017-2018 release with the “Painted Petals” was another favorite. I remember bloggers not being crazy about the design but I quite liked it, and found it charming. Even a few years later, I’m still seeing versions of this pattern in other folks’ collections and thinking to myself, ‘Wow, that’s gorgeous! Why didn’t I think of that?” I think this was the year that I tried the horizontal layout and discovered that it just wasn’t for me. Considering how pricy these are, it was quite the learning experience.

For 2018-2019, I was looking for a cheaper option and found a lookalike at Michaels. To be honest, I can’t even remember the brand now. Compared to EC, the stickers just weren’t as dazzling and I missed the interchangeable covers. I did rescue the cover by carefully cutting slits into each of the coils before removing it, and the rose cover looks quite pretty with my other EC covers:

The knockoff brand was doomed from the start and in late winter 2018, I was already considering another life planner for the 2019 calendar year. I settled onto a hardbound life planner, nearly 1/2 the cost of a coiled version, with the 2018-2019 design of “Woven Wonder”:

It’s been a decent planner overall. The cover has a buttery feel like their hardbound journals that I quite like, and a lay-flat binding which is an absolute must. I also really like how portable the hardbound is, which is far less bulky than the coils when bundled in a bag with other stuff I’m toting around. That said, I do really, really miss the flexibility of the coiled design, the interchangeable covers and the myriad of accessories you can purchase (see samples below):

With the arrival of “Kaleidoscope”, EC’s 2019-2020 pattern, am I considering dropping the hardbound in July and switching to an 18-month coiled option? Maybe. I’ve heard from some of the bloggers that the life planners are going up in price and I’m waiting to see how much and what other changes are anticipated. I do absolutely adore the Kaleidoscope pattern and a number of the accessories are on my wishlist for later this year. Erin Condren, I’m taking down notes!

I’m also super-stoked that EC is looking into branching into planner charms. I found this one on Etsy a number of years ago (see left) and I still adore it. Yes, those are tiny, pastel-colored macaroons. Isn’t it darling? They’re also releasing some Easter-toned pastel bands that I’d love to add to a growing collection:

And that’s basically it, at least, all I could find at the top of a hat. There might be errant “Keep It Together” bands lying around someplace, right alongside wherever my rulers and zippered pouches have gone off to. For you EC enthusiasts, you’ll note that some of those covers aren’t strictly by Erin Condren, and I’m okay with that. There’s such a wealth of artistic talent, on Etsy and elsewhere on the web, that self-expression shouldn’t be limited to one designer’s current craze. Sometimes, you just want marbled pages or a cup of tea.

This is where I turn the conversation over to you, happy reader and fellow enthusiast. What type of planner girl are you — hourly, horizontal, or vertical; coiled, hardbound, petite, or the new binder option? Favorite metallic finishes? Favorite lifestyle planner bloggers that I shouldn’t miss? And what about today’s launch of new products are you most excited about?

Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. Have a great day, and keep reaching higher!

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