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2019 Planner Thoughts


I'm quite happy with my current planner stack, but I've recently been thinking about which planners I'd like to use for 2019, and wanted to share my thoughts as I do plan on making some changes.

I know that I'll definitely be getting a 12 month Erin Condren Life Planner, as I enjoy using sticker kits and like having them all together in one of these spiral books. I usually go for the vertical layout in the neutral palette, with a gold coil.

Then when it comes to a daily planner, I've been thinking of getting the Day Designer 2019 Daily Planner, as I really like the layout of the daily pages. There's a lot of room for writing down to dos and reminders, and I like that there are also hourly columns. However, there are a couple of things that I don't love about this planner, including the fact that there are very few notes pages, and that the planner is somewhat bulky. That being said it is still a great option, and one I'm really considering.

For my work and social media platforms, I've decided that I would like to have just one planner to organise everything. Realistically, I just need monthly spreads for schedules and editorial calendars, and notes pages to jot down all my ideas. So I've been eyeing the Erin Condren Deluxe Monthly Planner, as it comes with only monthly overviews and no weekly pages, and you have the option of adding up to 80 notes pages, which is exactly what I'm looking for.

The last option I'm considering, is to just go back to a ring bound planner for both my personal and work related tasks. I've been eyeing the Kikki-K Textured Leather Personal Planner Large for a long time as it's such a beautiful planner. I already own the personal size, and have liked using it in the past, and so think the larger size could be a good option. As I'd be able to make my own inserts, I could essentially put together my perfect planner that has separate sections for all of my projects.

I'm somewhat leaning towards just having an Erin Condren Life Planner and a Kikki-K ring bound planner, but all that could change by the end of the year and just wanted to share my thoughts as I've been thinking about it a lot lately.

EDIT: Monday 27th August:

I've decided to edit this post, as there are some new contenders that I'm really liking. I'm also considering going back to the Happy Planner, but will know better once they've released their 12 month line up.

I was in TK Maxx the other day, and came across some really nice A4 planners by the brand Eccolo. I haven't been able to find them online, so unfortunately can't share the link. The planner I found had a gorgeous pink cover with the words "Twenty Nineteen" in gold foil script, with a horizontal weekly layout on two pages. I really liked the paper in this planner, as it was really white and there was loads of room to jot things down. The only thing I wasn't too gone on, was the fact that all the monthly spreads were together at the front of the planner. It's a really good option, and the most affordable out of all of them.

The next option is the new Ella Iconic Spiral Ceo Of My Own Life daily planners that were just released today. I really love the layout on the inside of the planner, and that it's spiral bound with a band attached. I've been using the weekly version of this planner, and don't always have enough space to jot everything down, so switching to the daily version might work better for me. It's very similar to the Day Designer, but I prefer the monthly and weekly pages in this planner. The only things I'm not too gone on are the thickness of the planner (can't be helped, it's a daily planner) and I don't love the covers available. At the end of the day, the cover won't matter as much, if I love using the planner and I'm able to include everything I need on the inside.

Let me know in the comments if there are any planners or inserts that you'd recommend,

XO Kt

5 Favourite Gadgets


Ever since I was a child, I've always been fascinated by technology, and gadgets. From learning basic coding at the age of 11, to always having a camera in my handbag, I've always been somewhat of a technology nerd. While there's still a lot of gadgets I'd love to get my hands on, I do have some new and old favourites that I use all the time.

Samsung NX3000 Smart Camera - I got this camera a few years ago, and it's still one of my favourites for capturing most of my photos. The smart camera has some pretty cool features, such as the flip up screen, and lots of shoot options available to help capture the perfect photo. 

Apple Ipad 9.7" & Pencil - One of the best purchases I've ever made, as I use the ipad to keep up with what's going on in the world through social media, or pair it with the pencil and Procreate app to draw everyday.

Logitech Keyboard Folio - This folio has come in so handy for writing up blog content, while out and about. My current ipad is slightly too small to fit securely in the folio (it was purchased for a previous ipad), but don't mind as the keyboard works perfectly, by connecting it through bluetooth.

Fitbit Alta Watch - Love this lightweight watch, as it really helps to keep me focused on working out each week. Through the watch and app, I can track daily steps, calories burnt, distance, sleep, and lots more which really helps me stay on track of my health goals. I also really like the silent alarm, and that I get reminders throughout the day to be active.

Frends Layla Tahitian Pearl Headphones - Not only are these headphones beautiful with the Tahitian pearl, but they're also really comfortable, and have really good sound quality.

So those are some of my current favourite gadgets, let me know yours in the comments.

XO Kt 

Current Planner Stack

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When it comes to planning out my monthly or weekly schedules, I like to keep my personal and work related tasks separated by using multiple planners. I've found that using more than one planner, helps me to stay more focused and organised, and on top of all the things I need to do, or remember. My planner stack does sometimes change throughout the year, but currently it's made up of the following three planners.

Ella Iconic CEO Of My Own Life Planner - This planner is honestly my brain in a book, as I refer to it daily, and would honestly be somewhat lost without it. I write everything in this planner from daily tasks, important reminders, contact details, wishlists, and pretty much all my ideas for current, or future projects. This is the only planner that I take out and about with me, and really like that it's not too big, or bulky.

Erin Condren Vertical Life Planner - This planner is mostly used for sticker spreads, and memory keeping. I find it really relaxing to lay down stickers during the weekend, and decorate a pretty spread. It's definitely a less complicated way to scrapbook, and store happy memories. I like to add details of things I was enjoying each week, such as people I've seen, movies or shows I've watched, podcasts I've listened to, etc. I don't use it daily, and instead fill out the spread as things happen throughout the week.

Erin Condren Hardback Life Planner - This is my work planner, and so use it to plan all things work related for my sticker shop. Any shop stats, releases, and sales are noted in this planner, which helps me keep organised with how I'm running my business. I also like to add details of future products, or projects in this planner, and use the note pages for brainstorming.

Really enjoying having multiple planners, and already thinking about which planners I'll be using next year.

XO Kt

5 Frequently Used Beauty Tools

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When it comes to beauty tools, I'm a complete sucker for anything that'll help make the whole process of getting glam that little bit easier. I have drawers full of different beauty tools, and wanted to share five of my most frequently used ones, that I'd recommend checking out.

Zoeva Brushes - When it comes to applying my makeup, I'd look like a right mess if I didn't have brushes to help with the application. A couple of years ago, I decided to invest in the Rose Golden Complete Set Vol 1, and even though the brushes have been used almost daily, they're still in excellent condition. Whether you're looking for a complete set, or individual brushes, you're bound to find the perfect brushes for your needs. For any Irish shoppers, they're also available on the Brown Thomas site.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge - Hands down one of my favourite sponges to use, as I like the flawless finish I achieve when using it to apply my makeup. Best used damp, the sponge has a flat end, and pointed tip, which makes applying and blending foundation, concealer, and powder that much easier. It's also one of the most affordable sponges on the market, and is even sold in packs of two or four at reduced prices.

Real Techniques Brush Cleansing Palette - Any tool that'll help make the mundane task of cleaning brushes that little bit more bearable, is a must have in my opinion. I'll admit that I did think this palette was a bit gimmicky when I first came across it, but quickly realised how amazing it was after my first use. What I really like about the palette is that it fits comfortably in my hand, and thanks to the design, makes deep cleaning brushes a lot easier.

Boots Headband - Towel like headbands are really handy to wear as you go through your skincare routine, as not only do they protect your hair from products, but they also help hold back annoying fly aways that love to get stuck in face masks, and other skincare products.

Boots Exfoliating Gloves - There really isn't anything glamorous about these gloves, but they're very handy to have in your shower. Use them with your favourite body wash or shower gel, for a full body exfoliation that'll leave your skin feeling super smooth. They're also great for removing traces of stubborn fake tan.

Let me know if there are any beauty tools that you'd recommend I check out,

XO Kt

Getting Back Into Blogging

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Getting back into blogging, wasn't as easy as I thought it would be, as I struggled to fit creating content back into my everyday life. So over the last few weeks, I've been working on my blog behind the scenes, and found that doing the following has really helped me get back into the swing of things. These tips are also useful for anyone who is starting out with blogging.

Set a Weekly Time Slot
Set aside a specific day, or time slot in your weekly schedule, for creating content. Knowing when you're suppose to be working on your blog, will mean you won't take on any other appointments, or tasks during those times. 

Create an Editorial Calendar
One of the best ways to stay organised with your content, is by creating an editorial calendar. Using a monthly editorial calendar has made a huge difference with how I plan out my content, and means I can work on content up to a month in advance.

Create a Posting Schedule
Having a posting schedule, not only helps you to stay organised with your content, but also lets your readers know what days they can expect to see a new post on your blog. Picking specific days that I'll be posting on, and assigning set topics to those days, has made creating an editorial calendar, and sticking to it so much easier.

Be Ahead of Your Content
Having content ready to go and scheduled, takes a lot of pressure out of blogging. No more rushing the night before to get a post written, or feeling guilty if you've set a schedule for your blog, but have nothing ready to post. 

Set a Time Limit
It's so easy to waste a lot of time while writing content, especially if you're a skilled procrastinator like myself. Setting time limits has really helped me, so that I no longer waste hours writing up just one post. For most posts, I'll give myself 15 minutes to draft the post layout and contents, and then I'll give myself 45 minutes to write the post. Depending on the topic, some posts take less time and others take more, so I adjust my time limits accordingly.

Bulk Photo Sessions
This is probably one of the most talked about tips as it's one of the best, but I really recommend bulk photo sessions. Knowing that you have a photo waiting on your memory card makes blogging so much easier, and  means you won't have to set up your camera equipment as often.

So those are my main tips, let me know if you recommend anything else,

XO Kt

Favourite Planner Brands

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With the large selection of planners available on the market, it's not always so obvious to know where to start when looking for a new planner, so thought I'd share some of my current favourite brands.

Best known for their Life Planner, Erin Condren, is probably one of the most popular brands in the planner community. The classic planners are customizable with the option of three layouts, two colourways, and four coil colours. The covers are also interchangeable, which is a feature I really like, as I like switching mine out throughout the year. They also have other planners available including hardbound, monthly, and teacher planners.

Things to note: Check out the EC Insider points program for some great rewards, and discounts.

Similar to the Life Planner, The Happy Planner, is a great choice for anyone looking for a more affordable option. The planners are available in three different sizes, and as there are lots of different styles available, you're bound to find one that'll suit your tastes. Also, as the planners are held together by discs, it's easy to add or remove pages throughout the year, which is great if you're looking to add specific pages, or remove bulk.

Things to note: If you're living in Europe, check out UK stockists to save on shipping, and avoid custom charges.

While the previous two brands offer very similar planners, Kikki-K, offers beautiful ring bound planners, and diaries. The planners are beautifully made and of great quality, and can also be monogrammed which adds a really nice touch.

Things to note: I'd recommend checking out Etsy or Filofax for additional insert options, as the planners only come with monthly overview, and notes inserts. Also check out their mailing list, as they offer exclusive discounts throughout the year.

If you're looking for a more compact option, I'd recommend Ella Iconic. I only discovered this brand through Instagram at the end of last year, and their CEO of My Own Life Planner has quickly become my favourite planner to use daily. The weekly planner is beautiful, and is the perfect size for taking out and about. The layout is also well thought out, with separate monthly and weekly sections, and lots of notes pages at the back. As the planner is undated you can start using it at any stage throughout the year, and they recently launched three new beautiful shades including rose, violet, and teal. They also offer a daily dated option.

Things to note: The daily vertical columns on the weekly pages aren't the widest, and can sometimes be a little tricky to use. That being said, there is plenty of room to write below those columns, so you won't run out of space during busy weeks.

While the above are definitely my current favourites, I'm always open to trying out new brands, so if there are any that you'd recommend leave them in the comments below.

XO Kt

Holy Grail Beauty Products

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Throughout the years, I've tried out more beauty products than I'm willing to admit, and love when I discover gems that work perfectly for me. Once discovered, I usually consider them my holy grail products, that I'll forever have either stashed in my beauty closet, or makeup bag. I've been lucky to have discovered a few, and wanted to share my three favourites.

Clarins Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster - This product has been a game changer for me, as it gives my face and neck, a natural tan finish with a subtle glow. It basically helps me look alive, and means I get away with wearing less makeup throughout the day. I use it about 2-3 times a week, and mix about 4 drops in with my La Roche Posay Hydreane Riche moisturiser before bed.

Laura Mercier Translucent Loose Setting Powder - Hands down one of the best powders on the market, and I can completely understand why it's such a cult favourite in the beauty industry. I find it helps my makeup last longer, and feels really soft and light on my skin. I apply a light dusting under my eyes, and around my t-zone area to set my makeup in place.

MAC Velvet Teddy Lipstick - I always have a tube of this lipstick in my handbag, as it's the perfect shade for both day time, or evening looks. As it has a matte finish, it's really long lasting, and feels really nice when applied (..however, I would recommend making sure your lips are in good condition before applying, to avoid product sticking to dry patches). I usually like to dab the lipstick on, and then use my finger to spread the product evenly on my lips.

So those are my top three favourite products. Let me know in the comments if you have any holy grail product recommendations.

XO Kt

A Fresh Start


Let's try this again.. only this time with a complete fresh start. 

If you've read my blog before in the past, then you'll notice that I decided to remove all my previous content. It wasn't an easy decision to make, as those posts and videos held fond memories of the things I was doing, or loving at that time. Even though I was very proud of all that content, I felt it was time to move on, and start again with a clean slate.

Blogging played a huge role in my life throughout my twenties, and have to admit that I've really missed creating content. I've tried to come back blogging in the past couple of years, but something always felt off, and so I'd stop again. I feel completely different about it today, and think that has a lot to do with the fact that I'm starting again, and my content will up to date.

As this is my first post back, I'm going to keep it short and sweet, but expect lots of new content from now on.

XO Kt

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