As I recently mentioned in my Philofaxy interview a few weeks ago, I had not one, not two, but nine Filofaxes - oops! It didn’t seem right to have such an odd number, so it wasn’t long before Filofax number ten came along! It was my birthday recently and I took the day off to go into London with hubby, who of course I dragged along to the Neal Street Filofax store. I couldn’t persuade him to come in, although that turned out to be a bonus, as he couldn’t vet my purchases haha!
The thing I love most about going to the proper Filofax shop is the clearance section at the back – there’s usually rows of tantilising bargains, and it’s inevitable that I’ll leave with something new! I managed to side-step the Malden stand, which I must admit, held a lot of appeal – it’s a very tactile cover, I can see why many have fallen for it!
Lurking at the back of the store was a beautiful red Slimline Amazona, which I snapped up immediately at half price! What a lovely replacement for my sadly broken red Balmoral Mini! Now I know I only recently bought a Slimline Finsbury, which is a bit of a shame, but it served its purpose for finding out if the slimline would work for me. I’m sure it will go back into use at some point!
I also upgraded my new purchase to next year’s diary and bought some cotton cream notepaper, which has a lovely quality to it. When I mentioned I was treating myself as it was my birthday, the lovely lady who served me also gave me a pack of trial inserts, including the little black book, which I like as a cover page (no secrets within it, I promise!).
I’ve changed the last tab in my setup now, from ‘sketches’ to ‘expenses,’ as I’m finding that keeping receipts in my purse means they don’t always make it into my work Filofax (an A5 Balmoral, in case you were wondering!). Now they’re centralised in a plastic pocket (also bought at Neal St), and I’ve inserted a Finance sheet to keep a track of my mileage – much more organised!!
Now that the sketches section has disappeared, perhaps I could use the Finsbury as my planned Filofax sketchbook!
Anyone else using a Slimline? How do you get on with it?
PS The pen is from Swarovski – an xmas pressie last year!