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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 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


Baroquesque Updates!

Summer Break! Finally! Besides some beautiful sunny days out now it is time to get back on track on my blog!
I left a few updates hanging in there. First, without any specific order – just because – let’s go back to the lovely curvy Teal Baroque Personal Filofax:

Can you recognize it? 🙂 Sometimes I try to recognize Filofaxes before reading the reviews/ posts.  Geeking out a bit here.

So it was meant to be my “Happiness Project” binder based on Gretchen Rubin’s book. I ended up not finishing her book. Too many showed up at the same time and I got distracted. heehee

It then became a “me” binder, which I looooove. I took a gazillion of pics of that beauty (as I usually do) but I will try to overload less this time!

Below is the very first tab. It makes me smile every time I see that beautiful “watercolor-like” flower and the sentence on it. That is the main section of the whole binder. I don’t have any calendar on that Filofax but this is the juicy part of it that I always go back to – the journaling pages! They are all pink although maybe I should had gone with the fashion green one:

Well, anyway, already got a bunch of pink sheets.

My plan is to decorate each tab, but I hadn’t find any quotes that I like to fill in all of them. So just the first two ones are personalized so far.
Moving on, next tab is called “notes”(I forgot to take a pic – there is a pretty flower as well) and is very related to the journaling part; highlights of the “big findings about life/ me”. Also in pink pages.

All the other Filofax tabs are not really in use. One of them will be for sure a fold out “vision board” that I am hoping to get around over the summer.

The next fun part are the top tabs.

You may guess that I pulled out the inspiration from GalaDarling’s Filofax post 🙂 There goes from left to right:

  • Note-to-self: like “don’t use turtle neck shirts ever; it makes you feel suffocated and puts you in a bad mood.”
  • Ideas & random thoughts: pretty straight-forward, huh?
  • Movies: yeah, that circle thingy is my attempt to draw those old fashion movie tapes 
  • Music: Another straight forward one. I write down my faves or some suggestions to not miss. BTW, have you heard Coralie Clement’s La Mer Opale? It is sooooo cute! First time I heard it I was in a stationary vintage shop digging in some old (from ’96!) Filofax inserts. I had to ask who was the singer and write down on my Filofax for future reference! ;D
  • Books: loooong list to go over
  • Quotes: as they are everywhere when you least expect!
  • Websites: mostly blogs to go back to and dig some more. I honestly don’t use that tab much as I usually just email myself the link. (I don’t bookmark stuff either. I always forget where they are.)
Now, the very extremely fun part!

Before I discovered Filofaxes I had three separate boxes with cut-out magazine inspirations:

  • Outfits 
  • House deco
  • Gardening tips 

Sooooo as you may imagine, I now have all them combined on my lovely ‘Me-Baroque’ binder. There are the tabs:

Here it goes and it is very straight forward:

My “tan-shoe” quest
Some “to-die-for” deco that I will implement at some point. The socks are easy! ;D
Not good at gardening. I need all the tips I can find. Really. 
Last section is mostly left overs from other Personal set-ups that I just didn’t have the courage to toss out.

Those pages were my “very first” Filofax planning when I got the pink Domino so I kind of feel attached to them. There are a few tabs I made myself, with some planning even for the planners! I wrote  half a sheet for each organizer I was planning on getting so I knew (at least I thought I knew) how to set them up. Most of the ideas I tried back-and-forth. A few of them didn’t work and a few of them are still in use. The blog section moved to another personal.

At the very back I added an old Franklin Covey plastic envelop for things I don’t know where to put; like those coffee shop reward cards that I may or may not use again.

My last pic – I promise – is just “because”. That curly part of is so beautiful!

Overall I must say I LOVE this ‘Me-Baroque’ binder. It is very soft, absurdly flexible and gorgeous on the inside.

The draw back – for those of you determined to get one – is that all it’s beauty, makes it feel sooo delicate to use.
I took it out of the house ONCE and almost didn’t survive! (Hence I almost didn’t survive, the Filofax was totally fine and having fun actually!) I was so nervous that it would scratch, mark, or anything that at the end it went right back on my desk at home and *** it has been living happily there since then. **** 

New Filofax is here!

Happiness Project Binder is here! That means the Personal Baroque Turquoise arrived! Straight from France after ONLY SIX days of the shipping date! Unbelivable! Their time-frame was up to 25 days. I stuck with that so I wouldn’t be too anxious waiting around (yeah, right! Sure I didn’t! Who said I wasn’t refreshing the shipping tracking page everyday?). Well, it is finally here!

If you can recall I got spoiled checking pics of people getting their filofaxes in lovely black boxes. It is a small detail but what can I say? I got hooked on that! My first Filofax came from Filofax USA and I was all expectations about seeing that black box. It came straight out of a shipping box! Argh! Cheap and upsetting! So there I was excited to open the package from Filofax France. This time it couldn’t be straight out of a shipping box, right? After all, it wasn’t the cheapest Filofax they had available anyway (yeah, it was on sale, I admit!) Here is the appealing shipping box that I am sure you all came here to see 🙂

Then after opening the side of it, I see this:

ooowww, really? REALLY? I was so disappointed that I sat down and starred at it for a sec thinking “Why on earth do I keep getting organizers carelessly tossed into shipping boxes? Why not some thought when packing it? It could have scratched my lovely new Baroque if it was rubbing against that tough box! Why? Why?” I know it is not supposed to be a big deal but it bugs me to imagine a fancy Filofax organizer having the same packaging as a notebook ordered from Target. As I tried to get over my disappointment I carefully open the other side of the shipping box thinking that I would just see scratches all over and then I see this:

ooooowww such a relief!!! ok,ok, now makes sense! A Filofax box with a SIDE opening! Of course! I had seen some of those around! Why I didn’t think of it? Oh, man, I GLADLY didn’t see that coming! 😀
Here it is, a real Filofax box for me:

Now, enough with the box craziness and let’s get to the fun part! Shall we?

Ladies and Gentleman, I present to you WITHOUT the scratches painfully visualized, the organizer in its whole glory:

***** The Filofax Personal Baroque in Turquoise ****** ta-daaaaaaa:

and THAT is a smooth cover
Lovely zipped pocket. I just realized that it has the same layout as the Malden. 

The details are so beautiful!
A whole cover of curves
One of my favorites 
The pics are showing the leather very “plastic-like” for some reason. It really is not.

From side to side

 As I mentioned earlier this Filofax is intended to be my Happiness Project. I have been devouring Gretchen Rubin’s book and thought I needed to give it a try. Then to make things better I stumbled upon Leonie Dawnson’s website and her lovely downloadable year planning workbook/calendar for 2012 and there it is! Incorporated into my Happiness Binder. Has cute pictures too! All her own art:

Super cute cover but printed in the Filofax white blank pages didn’t cut it. Very thin and see-through.
I’ll need to invest in a better paper and reprint later on
Lists! I love lists!
Goals for the year divided by areas.

My Happiness Binder is far from been complete, it has barely a few tabs on it so I will be posting again to show the progress. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂