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?
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:
|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:
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!
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