Monday, 20 July 2015
Paperchase Pony Party
I have to thank my sister for the heads up on this one. Stickers and notebooks are to her what shoes mean to me. Basically she's obsessed and quite the expert. It truly baffles me as to why anyone would require so many sheets of paper, multi coloured pens or stickers and how one would keep track of such a collection. However, she thinks the exact same thing about my nude lipsticks and heels, so I guess I shouldn't question it! Paperchase is one of her favourite haunts and she often buys pretty pens and notebooks for my birthday. She was super, duper excited when she saw that their upcoming release involved unicorns (my favourite) and had me poised, ready to buy, the second it came out! She's been stalking our local store to see what they have too and I've spent an absolute fortune (though have a lot to show for it) with 3 online orders and one instore. All within a couple of weeks. It's expensive liking unicorns these days!
A little note to say their 'treat me' loyalty scheme is great. My sister has been using it for some time as part of their trial in selected stores, but it's out everywhere now I believe. We got upgraded to next day delivery (delivered by Hermes before 11am every time) for free, which I think you only have to spend £25 for. For every £50 you spend, you get a £5 reward to use, so we've been through half a dozen of those too! I'm posting my first haul just now and it might even take another two posts for the others-there's so much and I haven't even taken photos of that lot yet!
Ok, so the two collections of interest are Pony Party; a bright, rainbow range with pretty ponies and unicorns. Or Wild Aztec which is a little more varied with a unicorn silhouette against a bright pink background, alongside aztec, neon hearts and cloud prints as well as lion/wildlife. To be honest, all I was interested in was the unicorn design from that range and it took a little longer to trickle in, so I only have one item here, but more in my next post.
So we'll start with the Wild Aztec Multi List Book £8. My sister is a big fan of this design. It's hardback and ties with a ribbon. Inside on one half you have tear-off, lined notepaper (with unicorns along the bottom) and on the other side, two notepads and 4 different sticky notes. I love that they call the pads "the short list" and "the long list" and the sticky notes are pretty adorable with "now", "never", "don't forget" and "whenever". It's great to have the stars to tick things off your list and I can see myself getting a lot of use out of this set.
So it's no surprise, I also got the Pony Party Large Multi List book £10, which is a little pricier because it's bigger. Again it's a hardback and closes with a ribbon, in a multi-pony print on green and it's absolutely beautiful inside. This time you have lined notepaper on one side (with gorgeous colourful ponies) and 1/3 of the other side is taken up with a card pocket, while the other 2/3's are split with pink sticky notes, 4 smaller coloured sticky tabs and a small 'to do' checklist. I have no idea what I'd put in that rainbow pocket but apparently it's entirely necessary (so the stationery queen tells me). I also have a sticker phobia (honest), so I'm being super brave with all these sticky notes. I think the pretty factor cancels out the sticky fear.
Then I got the A4 wiro notebook £6 and A5 wiro notebook £4.50. They have the same print, but the cover is frosted plastic, kept shut with pink elastic. There's a spiral edge and inside the pages are lined in colour, separated into sections throughout the book with coloured outer margins to create a rainbow effect. Handy dandy.
Now I absolutely adore Paperchase's glitter notebooks. I'm currently using a mermaid one as my blog scheduler (with a double page split into 7 days and section for notes), my sister got me this fairy princess one for my birthday and I'm sure I have another one or two somewhere. However, I definitely wanted to get the unicorn glitter notebook £7. It's a proper glitter book (so sparkly), but covered in a pvc wallet, so it's nice and smooth. The green is a little more lime than on the other items, but it's the same multi pony print. These books are quite thick and inside the pages are lined and there's a ribbon page-marker. I find the inside cover can be handy for slotting little pieces of paper or card in too.
I'm not totally sure what I'll use these for, because they are quite thin, but I really like them. A set of 2 A5 exercise books £5, one in rainbow star print, one in the multi pony print. The pages have coloured lines and the outer cover is shiny card. Handy for carrying around I suppose, because they are lighter and less bulky than the spiral/glitter books.
My favourite was this A5 exercise book £4.50, much like the 2-pack, but with a rainbow cover, a big heart, unicorn head and declaration "I love unicorns"! Yes, I do! It even has rainbow coloured tipped pages and is lined. It's mega pretty.
Another item I was really excited about, was the list & clipboard £6. It's A5 sized with a rainbow star clipboard, slot for a pen (which came with it) and a big pad of lined 'checklist' paper with ponies and unicorns at the base. I've already written future weeks of Shoesday Tuesday along with my 'to do' list of blog posts and which folders the photos are in on my computer and I'll tick them off as I publish them. I'll use this up pretty quickly I suspect. Might need to buy a backup!
I said I have a sticker phobia, it's more price stickers and apple (shudder) stickers that scare me. I can handle cute stickers, so long as I'm in control and nobody is recklessly brandishing them around (my nephews do occasionally do this to make me scream). So of course, I was able to order the Pony Party Stickers £1.50. There's 59 puffy stickers featuring rainbows, unicorns, ponies and other bits and bobs.
This next item was too adorable to leave behind. A fluffy unicorn pencil case £7. It really is so lovely and soft. It's white with blue hair and zips up the base. I love the shaggy mane and tail and shimmering horn and his wee leggies dangle.
I doubt I'll use these as pencil cases, more likely makeup bags or something, so I also got the rainbow triple pencil case £6. It's split into two sections with one zip across the top, but when you open it up, there's another zipped section in the middle. I don't think we had secret compartments in pencil cases in my day, did we? What do kids hide now, that we didn't? Or do I not want to know? I'm not as keen on the slightly rough fabric of this one, though it's probably the most robust if you were using it for an actual pencil case. I do love the rubber rainbow zip pull though. The unicorn is also made from rubber, slightly raised from the case.
My last item is the multi pencil case £6. This one is shiny pvc with the green pony print. Again it features the same zip pull and even a rainbow zip, which is cute. It opens across the top, but also has a velcro flap on the front, which opens to reveal a zipped compartment for whatever it is kids get up to these days. Even the stitching on this one is rainbow coloured, which is pretty neat and as use for makeup, I like that it wipes clean. That's as hip I get. I'm so old!
A nice little collection, no? My sister actually sat attentively as I talked her through my delivery when she got in from work and showed her each item. Made a change from the usual shuffling about and "I have to go" response I usually get, haha. My favourite bits from this lot would have to be the clipboard and multi-list books, though I also love the cover of the A5 exercise book. There's more to come, but I shan't bombard you with multiple stationery posts one after the other. What do you think? Are you a 'list writer' and love fancy stationery and buy entire collections when you spy a print you like? Let me know x
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