If you follow me on Twitter you will know that I’ve been rather excited over a certain delivery. That delivery finally arrived and it was the new Erin Condren Life Planner. Although I only got my Kate Spade Planner this past Christmas, my sister and I decided we would finally cave and get ourselves the new Erin Condren planners instead. I plan on writing a Kate Spade VS Erin Condren planner very soon, but for today’s post I will be going over a run down of the pricing, order process, delivery, customs and the planner itself.
I will still try and use my Kate Spade as I do like it, I liked decorating it and being different to everyone else. But after years of watching plan with me videos on YouTube I just couldn’t resist any longer. Planning in the Kate Spade actually created a lot of wasted stickers as the pages aren’t as big, however I will go into more detail on that in my comparison post.
Ordering is pretty simple but if you click off the page after you’ve added the product to your basket you will loose everything, you can’t just nip back and have it sitting there like you can on most online shops. First things first, you can choose whether you want an interchangeable cover or a permanent cover. The permanent covers are new and do look pretty and durable but I don’t like the quote on the front, I wanted something plain. There are a huge variety of interchangeable covers and I had a hard time choosing at first, until I saw they have a marble design and then I struggled no more!
You then choose your coil colour, platinum is free, however black, gold or rose gold will be an extra $10.00 so I chose to stick with platinum, I think it looks better with the marble cover anyway. You can also choose to have the cover personalised in a rose gold foil for an extra $5.00 but as I didn’t want any writing at all I chose to have it plain. Doing these two steps saved me $15.00 on a planner that already cost $65.00. The marble covers come under the metallics options so these are already $10.00 more expensive than the regular covers.
Once you have chosen your cover you can choose whether you want the hourly, horizontal or vertical inserts. I chose vertical as that’s what I prefer. Then you can choose the neutral or colourful design. This is new as there used to just be one design available however they now offer these two. The neutral being the one I chose, I like the black writing and how clean the page is whereas the colourful layout now has a watercolour effect. I like to plan using stickers and therefore the watercolour effect would clash with some sticker sets. I also just generally prefer the simplicity of the neutral.
Finally, you can choose whether you want the 12 month calendar (January – December 2017) or the 18 month calendar (July 2016 – December 2017) As we were ordering it in July we opted for the 18 month calendar, this was an extra $5.00.
DELIVERY & SHIPPING
You can pay $20.00 for 8-15 day shipping or $40.00 for 5-8 day shipping. My sister and I ordered our planners together so we could share the shipping cost, we chose the cheaper option as we knew we would get a customs charge as well. Once ordered I had an email saying our planners would be shipped before the 29th June. We ordered on the 10th June and it was shipped on the 23rd, it then arrived on the 29th June which was great. In total it took 6 days (including the weekend) to get to the UK, imagine if we had paid $40.00 for quick shipping when it was already super speedy?!
Before making the order I asked a fellow blogger if she had been required to pay a customs charge, I knew Jaye had purchased from the company before and she replied saying both times that she had. I didn’t mind, I thought it would be the case I just wanted to be prepared. Once the order came to my door I had to pay £21.14 in customs charges.
The order would have been $140.00 however I had a 10% off coupon so it came to $130.00, roughly £98.00 and then we had the customs charge on top so in total it was £119.14. My sister and I spilt it equally so we paid roughly £60.00 each. Double the price of the Kate Spade planner but to be honest, I’m so happy with my purchase.
The planner itself is rather sturdy, the coil is thick and heavy duty and the front and back covers are hard plastic so they won’t be getting damaged anytime soon. Size wise it’s identical to my Kate Spade, a decent size that’s not too bulky and could still be carried around in your handbag. Inside has a couple of cute quote pages with the pretty watercolour design and some note paper. The back features some stickers, graph paper and some more note paper. It also has a pocket that holds a perpetual calendar. I was so glad this came as I desperately need it! Every year I ask my friend when her and her son’s birthdays are and it’s getting so embarrassing now. It also comes with a little sample pack tucked inside, this includes a little sticker book, a postcard with a quote, a coil clip connector and some compliment cards all tucked in a little plastic pouch, which now holds some of my Etsy sticker scraps. Along with the planner you get a ruler that clips onto the coil however I took this straight off as it just seems to ruin the look.
At the beginning of every month you get a month to view page which I never use but I know my sister loves this part. I just don’t have any use for it as I just forget it’s there really. The printing on these pages are a little pixilated if you look really carefully, I had heard other people had this problem but others seem to have printing issues throughout their entire planner whereas ours are fine. Although mine is slightly weird, it doesn’t bother me in the slightest as I will never use this page. However, saying that you would expect there to be zero issues with a planner that costs $65.00.
As you can see I dressed up my first week using a printables kit I bought from The Wanderlust Planner on Etsy. Marble, gold and peonies, what more could I want?! I just love the way this planner looks, with or without the stickers there’s so much more room to write and plan than in my Kate Spade planner. It just looks so pretty, I’m so in love with it.
Overall I am super impressed with both the planners and the shipping. I know a lot of people have had issues regarding this new release but thankfully ours were completely fine. If you are on the fence about whether you want to buy one or not I would just say go for it, although they are pricey I think they’re totally worth the money and I’m yet to see anything like this available in the UK. I can’t recommend this planner enough, I’m so glad we finally took the plunge and ordered one for ourselves. When my sister is home visiting we like to sit and plan the coming week together, my brother said we look like 12 year olds with our stickers and Brent says it’s the most expensive hobby ever (haha) but we love it.
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Have you ever thought about getting an Erin Condren? What are your thoughts on them?