Saturday, 6 February 2016

The Journal Shop Goodies

For those of you whom have seen my first Youtube video (thank you for all the kind words by the way!) (link), you'll know that I've really been getting into my stationery and journalling supplies recently. One of my goals for 2016 (link) was to journal more and keep a better note of things; and a more study-orientated goal of mine is to try and make my university readings and note-taking a little more enjoyable and fun. So, as you can probably tell, I was absolutely over the moon when The Journal Shop got in touch with me asking if I wanted to review any of the products they sell by designer Iconic. I've purchased many a time from The Journal Shop before and I can safely say that I'd recommend you check them out if you're on the hunt for some 'different' stationery in particular. They sell a vast range of goods and designer pieces produced by internationally renowned and not-so-well-known companies, so it marks the perfect place to discover something new.

The first item I picked out was the gorgeous Iconic Classic notebook in Forest Green*. Now, the design of this is absolutely beautiful, and is definitely such a fun way to inject a bit more colour and interest to your notebook collection (we all have one, go on. Admit it!) if you're like me and are a little afraid of bold colours and text. I absolutely love the subtle French text on the front, and the feel of the book itself is divine (Is that weird? I don't know. haha!). The cover is of a beautiful hardback, grainy texture, which means that it's durable enough to be flung here and there from bag to bag and I don't have to worry about it getting marked or bent. Also, the interior pages are of open plan meaning that you really do have full creative power over how you use this book. I was a little disappointed by its size as it's a bit smaller than the stock photo made it appear to be (I must have big hands!?), but the quality of the paper alone in holding watercolour and ink without any bleeding is truly fantastic. That, along with the sturdy, well-designed cover, is what I feel most justifies the £10.95 price tag of this little notebook. 

Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh CAT BOOKMARKS* PEOPLE! It was just a few weeks ago that I purchased some Midori cat markers - similar to the concept of these little beauties - and they honestly are such a fun way to add a bit of quirky, fun vibe to your note taking/reading/school work. These are very discrete which I personally love, and they have caught quite a few people's eyes at uni already; and have been met with a hugely positive response. Unlike my Midori markers which are made out of thick card, these are made out of a thick hard plastic... so I was a little apprehensive about using them at first as I was nervous they'd crease the page. Nevertheless, I am pleased to report that I was totally wrong. The Iconic Cat Bookmarks are sturdy enough as to hold a few pages like your conventional paper clip, but they have enough flexibility and movement as to not at all crease or tear the page which I'm very excited about. I'll never be folding my pages again!

Last but not least come the Iconic 2 Way Retro Pen Set*. I picked these out purely because I was a little concerned that my recent obsession with using only fountain pens was leaving my notes and journals to look a little... meh. I wanted more of a fun and happy feel over the corporate look I was managing to uphold. I seriously love these. I've never actually seen any pens that claim to write in a 'retro' style, and actually hold up to that promise. As you can see above, each pen is double ended - one end with a flat highlighting nib, and the other with a fine point - which I think is just perfect for annotations and general note keeping. The colours are true to as pictured above, and what I love most is that they really do possess a retro feel but aren't at all washed out. The mustard yellow definitely has to be my favourite colour within the set purely for the reason that it is such a vibrant yellow, but not the horrible acid-banana yellow you often get with yellow pens.

Thank you once again to The Journal Shop for being so kind as to send me these gorgeous items to review and introduce you guys to not only their shop, but a brand which I actually hadn't previously heard of before: Iconic. One thing's for sure is that I will definitely be looking at more from the range the next time I have some pocket money in, and if you're a stationery lover like me I'd definitely recommend that you check the site out. Last month when I made my third order with The Journal Shop, one booklet was missing. I got in touch with them about the issue, and they had it immediately shipped out to me with next day delivery. No, it obviously isn't ideal that part of my order was initially missed, but I have never experienced such exceptionally fast customer service in resolving such an issue before which I really appreciate. I would never recommend any product and/or company to you if I didn't genuinely love them myself, so seriously - check them out!

What is your favourite out of the items shown above?
Hannah x

Disclaimer: Any item marked with a * is a PR sample that was very kindly sent to me for review. I am not being paid to talk about this product. All opinions are my own.


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