Mini MUJI Haul

I popped into MUJI on Thursday without any intention of buying stationery. I was queuing up to pay for my pyjamas and before I knew it I was paying for a load of stationery too (they cleverly put the stationery right in front of the till)…

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Here’s what I got: B5 Lined Notepad, £1.25, Lined A5 kraft notebook, £0.95, Wooden Mechanical Pencil 0.5mm, £3.95, Gel Ink Pen – Green 0.38mm, £1.00

So there you go, I am weak willed person. But a happy stationery addict.

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Smythson Pocket Notebook: Want list no more

Well, my want list series is proving as a bit of a gift list!

I received a late birthday present from my boyfriend’s lovely parents. It arrived in the post like this:smythson

Which opened to this:
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A beautiful Smythson Pocket Notebook, with a lambskin cover, à la my recent WANT LIST post.

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It’s pretty lovely eh? The paper is light blue/grey and featherweight. The only real negative about this notebook is that I don’t think anything I ever need to write down will be worth of it’s luxury… But I’ll have to get over that and think of a special purpose for it.

Thanks Bish and Steve!

How do you use your notebooks?

Until a few days ago, I’d never really thought about this before, but I noticed I have a very definite way in which I use notebooks. I’m going to name it the Mullet technique, i.e. business in the front, party in the back. When I say party though, I kind of just mean messy…

I have 2 main notebooks on the go at the moment and it’s exactly the same for both.

My Moleskine, which I keep at home

Front (neat):
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Back (messy):
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And my Field Notes, which I carry in my bag

Front (neat):
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Back (messy):
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I clearly make a subconscious decision as to whether what I’m writing is deemed “important” or not, before starting the front or back… Although looking through them, some of my decisions seem quite random!

I’m curious – does anyone else do this? Do you set yourself weird criteria? Or do you have different notebooks for different things; to do lists, messy work etc. Let me know!

Rifle Paper Co.’s New Website

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Pretty dreamy isn’t it? I love the redesign and going on the site is very dangerous as I want EVERYTHING! How that they even made a boring old legal pad look desirable?!

I just a quick look look through the new pages and these are my top picks:

Certificate of Awesome $4.50

Passport notebook, set of two, $10

Legal Notepad, $8

City Toile Wrapping Paper, 3 sheets, $8.50

I Pine For You Card, $4.50

This last one is mainly because I’m currently in the middle of a fairly intense addiction to Pineapple…

Anyway, nice one Rifle Paper Co! As usual, all your stuff is GORGEOUS.

New Brand Find: Lovely Pigeon

I think the first time I saw Lovely Pigeon‘s notebooks was in Smug, but I didn’t know who they were by. It was only once I discovered their Instagram that I found out what their name is, and that the Scottish company make lots of lovely stuff!

Their trademark look is copper foil in geometric shapes:



The notebooks are £4.



And the cards are £2. Pretty nice eh?

Also, I feel strangely like I absolutely NEED this copper tape:

Which is £4.50.

They also have jewellery, screenprints and some really nice vintage homewares on sale on their site.

I’ll be watching this brand closely!

WANT LIST: Smythson Pocket Notebook

I’m starting a new series, the WANT LIST. My problem at the moment is that I keep buying all the stationery things I want, rather than just covet them. So in the interest of not being bankrupt, I will be posting about lovely things I have seen but don’t necessarily NEED to own.

So, my first one is a Smythson Pocket Notebook:

I walked home today (4 miles in a very tight pencil skirt, in 25 degrees…), through London City, with it’s luxury shops, and it was the Smythson shop caught my eye.

Their pocket notebooks really are a thing of simplistic beauty, with their leather covers and lightweight paper.

Some of them have embossed titles, such as ‘Blondes, Brunettes, and Redheads’, ‘Dare to Dream’, and ‘The Boss’, but I prefer to keep it simple, either plain, or ‘Notes’ are the classiest ones I think.

Anyway, after seeing the price – £45!!!!! – I think this’ll be staying firmly on the ‘want’ list. I can’t ever imagine thinking anything I had to write down is quite that important!

What stationery items are on your want list?

Shop Visit: Pedlars

A couple of weeks ago, I FINALLY got myself over to Pedlars, just off Portobello Road. I’ve been meaning to head over for ages, as they seem to be one of the few places that stock Blackwing pencils.

I can’t recommend the shop highly enough really, it’s great looking and the staff are really friendly and knowledgable.

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It has a bit of a treasure trove feel, with stationery at the front of the shop and vintage homewares and miscellanea at the back. There’s also a little coffee counter when you enter the shop. 

They have  a really cool Blackwing display:

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As well as other brands of pencils, such as Tombow:

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They clearly know their stuff when it comes to pencils!

These are the ones I bought:

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Green, on top: Kimberly 525 Pencil HB, £2.20 each, General Pencil Company
Silver, on top: Blackwing 602, £2.50 each, Palomino
Black, bottom with rubber: Mono 100 HB, £2.50 each, Tombow
Black, bottom: Blackwing, £2.50 each, Palomino

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I’m not going to review them now because, a. I haven’t actually used them yet, and b. I have  BIG pencil post up my sleeve so I’ll save it for then… But just to say for now, my favourite feature of the Blackwings is the replaceable rubbers on the end. Apparently they write like a dream too.

All well as pencils, they have some really lovely notebooks and the one that stuck out for me (it was the perfect present for one of my friends) was this beauty from Choux a la Creme.

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It’s the Madame notebook and costs £9.95. I really like the gold foil detail. It has plain paper inside.

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Pedlars is now definitely going to be one of my staple (no pun intended) stationery shops. I also know that the shop is going to be having a refurb soon, apparently with an even better stationery section, and more of Pedlars own products (they already have a notebook range), so that sounds like a GREAT reason to revisit soon!