Filofax MeetUp: Chicago

How can it be so hard to get back on track after ONE WEEKEND out-of-town vacation inside the same country you leave? Geesh! Still so much to catch-up online and offline.

Online IS more fun so here we go: Chicago Meet-up! Yay!

I was planning on bringing all the Filofaxes I have, but then really, it is not that I was driving down there, right? I had to get into a plane, fit all the A5s in one single-carry-on, plus shoes, clothes, other filofaxes and leave room to bring back goodies?

No way!

So just a selected number of portable ones were supposed to come with me.

I was still at the hotel room, sorting out my babies, getting ready and then I realized.

I forgot my Amazona! Argh!

One of the lighter ones to carry (it’s a slimline) I left home. Bummer.

Oh, and when I got back home, while unpacking I realized my pink mini Finsbury was still safe-and-sound wrapped around some shirts. Never made it to the MeetUp! That’s what happen when you are too small, you just get lost inside a suitcase.

Anyways, there they were, the ones that actually made it:

Natural Snake Domino in the purple box, Compact Raspberry Chameleon in the black box, Compact Red Chameleon, Mini Spring Green Chameleon and my dearest Baroque.

And there we were, on our way, waiting for the subway:

Isn’t it pretty? I LOVE subways! Makes me feel back home 🙂

I got a little lost walking around the area even with my GPS/IPhone in hand but it wasn’t bad at all. Very pretty place!  The name of that neighborhood explained it all:

So, of course, as I was lost and wondering walking around I was the last one to get there at the Mancini’s restaurant.

As I walked towards the Filofax table and saw the “is it her?” smiley faces looking at me I suddenly realized that no one knew how I looked like!

or even worse, no one knew MY NAME! LOL

yes, that is very obvious to anyone that reads my blog, but I never thought of that!

When I started this blog I was concurrently (ui, a big word for me) looking for a job. I really didn’t want any HR personnel finding my first post where I put out there how messy my last year was – school & work – and that I had to find a way, as a new years’ resolution, to put myself together.

Well, anyway, I guess I did a VERY good job hiding behind LimeTreeFruits! 😀

So, introductions made, clarification of names and all there I was sitting around all the stars I follow and  their celebrities Filofaxes.

It really felt like a celebrity show for me!
I recognized all the faces and the organizers. Like watching a TV show or something and getting to meet all them in person afterwards. Very different experience. I had never met celebrities before!

Didn’t take long, even before we order, to have some understanding souls pulling out their organizers to fulfill my biggest craving ever: TO SEE A MALDEN!

I SAW IT AND TOUCH IT! Not just one actually, three at the same time!

They are really amazing. Feel very good to the touch and HOW FLEXIBLE! They can carry literally everything; Jordan’s is humongous! Really, it really fits it all!

I was pretty sure I took a pic of the three Malden’s thickness but I can’t find it. I guess I didn’t.

Well, moving on.

I just could not hold myself from bringing up questions and Filofaxes to the table. Here it is the first group shot with just  few of them:

How great they look? and the little goodie bag that Jill gave to all of us:

Very nice! I always get stickers with a purpose, like reminding me of appointments or things I need to do, never just for fun. I love it! I may get into a new habit now! 😉

My perfect combo even materialized that day! I didn’t expect that.

When I was hunting for an Almond Amazona, it was “to-go with” my baby spring green. I couldn’t find a personal size, got the slimeline and ended up not using them together at all.

But here it is the dream combo I had in mind:

Juicy, huh?
A side note to the yummy food we had. Look at the deserts! To die for:
The memorable moment we all look forward to see on those MeetUps – the Filofax pile!
They worked hard on it! Ain’t that easy to balance so many.








Ta-da! How gorgeous.

I loved seen the bronze Domino in person. I even checked right there at the restaurant if filofax.de still had it on sale.

Yep, still there.
Will see how long I will wait.

Another pic that I could swear I took was a side-by-side comparison with the Raspberry Chameleon Personal & Compact. Can’t find anywhere so obviously I didn’t take it.

But you can have a slight idea of the thickness size. Third from the bottom is Sandra’s Personal and third from top is my Compact. Can you see the difference?

Also note Jordan’s Malden which is as thick as the A5s at the bottom! A more “regular” sized one is Jill’s Malden, fifth from the bottom.

After that ginormous amount of pasta & sweets we needed to burn off the calories.
So we walked as far as we could – right next door to Paper Source:

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 There I was very surprised to find a HAIRY “Domino”! HA! Look at that!

Even the way the rubber band is attached to the side was similar!

I was holding off but the ladies did some real shopping there:

Shop ’till you drop

Next, we went to another store VERY FAR AWAY – right across the street.

Aha! A Filofax counter full of organizers!
I have never seen that many. Really! I can’t imagine how dazzling a real Filofax store would be. I was impressed to see so many “celebrities”:

I always wanted to see a Raspberry Metropol in person and there it was.
But I didn’t like it much. I guess after handling so many leather ones, it felt very “plasticky”.

The orange Domino is beautiful thou! My first Filofax was a Personal Domino and I remember debating a lot if I should order orange or pink. Maybe one of these days I will find a lame excuse to get the orange. hehe

Than! Another unexpected thing happened there: I touched a Holborn!

oh, boy! Have you seen/ touched one?

It’s amazing! I played with it a lot – opened, closed, opened again, checked every slot, checked every pocket, tucked my whole hand fingers into one of them to see how deep it was, tucked two of my cards on the cc slots just to “feel it” and almost put the whole organizer inside my purse “to try it out”. I realized the shop owner could confuse my last move as an attempt to sneak out of the store with an unpaid item so I didn’t.

But it really got to me!
I couldn’t help but notice that there is a wine compact one coming up at Pens&Leather! 

*breathe, breathe*

I came back home to investigate the Compact Holborn further and found out the card slots are different then the personal size. I guess all compacts have them vertically.

My recent love for compacts should be a subject for another post. I won’t extended this post any longer, I promise! 🙂

And didn’t I behave on my Filofax purchases? My only item – a FlyLeaf! hehe
I have never seen one – in person – with the “f” tab on the side.

(I just noticed how many “I have never seen this before” came up on this post. I really don’t live inside a cave with internet connection as it may seem like)


To summarize: I had a GREAT TIME on my first Filofax MeetUp! I am so happy to have found such a great, warm and welcoming community!

I can’t wait for the next one! Really.

I already posted it on Philofaxy but just to make sure you don’t miss it, I will re-post it:

***If anyone is up to a tiny-meetup in August 4th or 5th in NY, please give me a shout!***
A coffee in the afternoon to talk Filofax will work just fine, nothing super-big.

To finalize, cheers to amazing Filofax MeetUps!

Thanks again for reading and hope to see you in New York! ;D

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7 responses

  1. That looked like a great meet-up! This Filofax pile is beautiful 🙂

  2. I enjoyed seeing the picture of the little filofax organizers and pens stands. Any chance of a west coast meet-up in the future?

  3. SO. MUCH. FUN!!!!!

  4. I'm glad you all had such a great time! I'm going to the next one in London in September & loved the the one I attended before. Filofaxes & great people all in one place 🙂

  5. How fun!! I also love the compact size 🙂

  6. HA! I enjoyed reading this. Especially the part about touching and opening the Filo's over and over. I do the same thing in terms of putting my stuff in to see how it works. Yesterday I was purse shopping and I literally transfer stuff from my purse to the one I'm considering to see how it fits, how heavy it is, what the various pockets can hold, etc. I'm sure one day I'm going to be arrested!

    Question: in the store display, what is that orange or tan binder in the lower right side 'not in the plastic display bin'…its just sitting on the table…first one. Is that a Metropol? Was wondering about the color.

    As for the bronze Domino I've never seen one. I love Bronze…its in all my home decor. I wonder if they ship to the US? Guess I'll have to check that out; wonder how complicated that would be. I've only ordered from the US and UK sites before.

    As for the flyleaf, I always wondered why they put that tab on it? I guess if you are using it as a divider but I am ordering some to use at the front and back of the binder for page stability so really see not reason for the tab.

    Hope to join you all at the next Chicago meet up!

  7. Hi Cheryl, that orange-yellowish one is a Metropol.
    About the Bronze snake, if I remember correctly (when I tried to purchase one), they ship to US if you buy with your cc. They won't do it with PayPal. A bummer.
    Hope that helps! 🙂

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