If you regularly read my My Week posts you may have noticed I have been counting off the weeks since an email. That email was about the possibility of me reviewing one of the new Spring releases and to say I was excited would be an understatement! I would like to thank Nike from Filofax for sending me the Willow to review and Steve from Philofaxy for helping to arrange it.
The Filofax arrived in the now standard clear cover with perfect rings that fit snugly together. I requested the personal size planner that has 23mm rings and costs £30. It is also available in pocket size with 19mm rings for £28.
|In the cover|
One of the first things I noticed when I opened the parcel was how beautiful the colours are. The background is a sage green colour with a peach, green, purple, pink and baby pink leaf print. The outside cover is padded so it has a nice squish to it. I'm not the only one who likes to squish their planner right? The inside is firmer providing you with a good surface to lean on while you write. Filofax describe the material as "leather look". I'm not sure I agree with this but that might be because I have been using my Malden filo for a while now and I am used to crinkly, vintage look leather.
The inside of the planner is baby pink. When I first saw the press release I had assumed the interior would be green. I was surprised when I was told it was pink and thought that I would have preferred if it had been green. However now I have seen it in person I have been won over by the pink, I really like it!
There are six pockets on the left hand side for cards and a full length vertical pocket behind those. I carry some cards wrapped with washi tape in my Malden which are quite thick. I tried putting them into these slots, thinking they wouldn't fit but they do easily. You also get a front page that matches the outside of the binder which is a nice touch.
The Willow comes with:
- A week on two page 18 month diary
- 6 coloured dividers
- Contact and To Do pages
- A selection of note paper - lined, plain, quadrille and coloured
- Transparent flyleaf
- Top opening pocket
- Frosted ruler
|Inside the back cover|
On the right hand side there is a large horizontal pocket. You can use this for keeping letters or bits and pieces in or you could use it for adding a separate note pad to the planner.
The elasticated pen loop is behind the strap on the very edge of the Filofax. I noticed that the strap seems to be longer so it can accommodate a bigger pen without making the binder hard to close. It also keeps the pen far enough away from your pages and tabs/dividers so it won't crush them. I think position of the loop and the length of the strap is brilliant and that the Willow would be great for someone who likes to stuff their Filofax.... like me.
Here are some more photos, feel free to drool if the urge strikes you!
|The back cover|
|The lining and outer pattern complement each other|
|Arty angled shot|
I liked this Filofax the first time I saw it and now I have it in my hands I like it even more. The symmetrical pattern and pastel colours are stylish and fun, perfect for this time of year but the main reason I like it is because it is incredibly pretty and I have always been a sucker for something pretty!
If you have any questions about the Willow ask me in the comments and I will try and answer them.
*Disclaimer - this product was given to me free of charge for the purpose of this review. I was not paid to write the post and all opinions are my own.