28 June 2012

Another day, another Malden

Well, my three month trial of the A5 size is now over and I've moved back down to personal. As mentioned in my previous post, I had planned to finish it all off in a logical way, but a couple of things came up that brought it to a quicker and easier conclusion. I normally only use one of the penloops on my A5 Malden, but decided I wanted an extra pen one day and found it got stuck. I think part of the loop's lining had come unstuck and then re-stuck to itself, and I couldn't seem to fix it myself. Then I contacted City Organiser to ask if they might have the purple personal Maldens back in stock by the time I was visiting, and the surprise answer was that they had two available, but I'd have to ring the shop to purchase one. I'm not a religious person, but I just felt like the universe was trying to tell me something here! On the same day, I returned my A5 and rang up to purchase the personal size instead, with City Organiser putting the smoother version aside for me.

For ages, I've been telling myself I don't need a purple filofax. I know many people have multiple binders, but I want just one and suddenly I realised that it made sense to get the one I really want and be done with it. Despite enjoying the extra paper size of the A5, I'm relieved to be back to the personal size as I was able to carry my new filo around with me all day and still fit lots of other things in my bag.

It was love at first sight, I'm delighted to say.




It doesn't yet lay flat (like my other Maldens), but I'm willing to be patient as it's both a Malden and purple.


The leather has a much smoother grain than on my crimson one.



And it goes quite nicely with my satchel, which is an added bonus!


39 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness! After you've sold off all your personal accessories and inserts too! I'm glad you like it so much! I jumped to a larger size (8.5x5.5 inch, similar to an A5) and love the extra space, and the larger binder size doesn't bother me as much as I had anticipated. All the same, I look at my personal size Cavendish from time to time with longing! Enjoy your purple binder!

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    1. I know... Never mind & luckily my new hole punch also does personal size. I didn't get rid of my stash of personal paper though, maybe I knew deep down I might be back!

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  2. Hi, Anita, the Malden looks great with the satchel! But for me this picture is really dangerous: I think I´ve got just the same satchel....and I had decided NOT to buy the purple Malden. But on second thought...I hope you´ll enjoy your new Malden and the smaller size!

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  3. wow, that purple Malden looks wonderful. Uh oh.

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  4. It's simply beautiful. I'm waiting for my new Domino. I used to use Filofax for many years then the last 6-7 years I've been digital and small diary in my purse. I've found the stress levels increase since I went off my Filofax so finally I gave in and ordered a purple Domino from the UK store. I live in Iceland and there are no stores here that have any selection so I need to order from abroad. Great selection but expensive to have it shipped. Love this blog.

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  5. Mmmm. I've wondered about using an A5 Malden for my work Filofax, and was actually looking on a few sites last night at the prices of an Ochre one. Although I would love to own one, I don't think I would actually use it in the way that I think I would. However, I have different Filofaxes for other stuff, so perhaps I could, possibly, maybe, slim chance, find another use for it :) Your new Malden matches perfectly with your satchel! Barry

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  6. Anita, I find that one can't have too many Maldens! The purple is lovely and very, very tempting!

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  7. Purple! Leather! Awesome!!

    Dare I ask, where is the satchel from?

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    1. It's from the Cambridge Satchel Company :)

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  8. Love it! I have the compact Malden in Ochre, it actually is more of a rich Cognac shade and could not live without it! I had been using a mini purple Domini but it was just too small...

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  9. Anita, beautiful pictures and post. You have me craving a Malden!

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  10. Anita, what is the feel of the leather? I've read some comments about the leather of the purple Maldens feeling a bit stiff and/or dry.
    Thanks :)

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    1. Romina,
      The leather did feel a bit dry & it's already had the Nivea treatment which has made such a big difference. I'll be taking some photos to try to compare the before & after effects.

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    2. Aha! The infamous Nivea treatment ;)
      I look fwd to your pics. The purple is so gorgeous!

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  11. I too got the purple personal Malden. Since then I've ignored all my other poor filos. I find I'm not wanting to buy any other filos now either. ( My wallet thanks me) I think the purple Malden is IT for me.

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  12. I too got the purple personal Malden. Since then I've ignored all my other poor filos. I find I'm not wanting to buy any other filos now either. ( My wallet thanks me) I think the purple Malden is IT for me.

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  13. My purple personal Malden will be arriving mid-July here in the U.S. and I can't wait! Your's looks gorgeous! I have been using the A5 for over 30 years, but after seeing Neil's "Filofax Filosophy" posts and videos, I'm trying his GTD system. (Thanks, Neil-It's AMAZING!!) My system never seemed to work because I didn't like lugging around a heavy planner. I didn't keep the planner with me all the time, so any thoughts during the day were written on various pieces of paper---What a mess! It seemed that I spent more time on updating the planner than actually doing anything. I've been running a trial system in my personal vintage pink Malden for one month. It seems to be working better than my old system. Thank you to everyone contributing to Philofaxy. You can't imagine how helpful your posts are. I've been reading them over a year now, but this is my first post. I will keep you updated.

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    1. I'm with you, Alice. I live in the US too and I have a personal Malden in purple on pre-order. The first ETA I was given was mid June, now it's mid July. I am really anxious to get my hands on it. I have a personal Finchley in purple and it's quite nice too, so I'm being as patient as possible waiting for my new Malden.

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  14. great post Anita thank you for sharing, I love the colour but....... always a but! lol this is the first I've heard of a Malden not lying flat?!?! I have the personal vintage pink and the leather is so buttery soft you can bend it anyway - im presuming this must be quite a tough leather compared to usual maldens?

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    1. I was a bit surprised too that it doesn't lie flat out of the box, as both my crimson & vintage pink did! The leather is still lovely & soft, but just not as bendy as the others. After a week & a bit of daily use it is getting there & probably won't need any training.

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  15. That satchel and that Malden are made for each other! Have fun! I like purple..... But I am a crimson girl so I can resist. I wonder if I can steal my crimson satchel back from my daughter? (quick answer: no)

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  16. I love that it looks so smooth!You can't go wrong with purple - or any filofax that matches your fabulous bag. I love that bag :)

    Tracy

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  17. Oh man, I'm in trouble. I just bought my very first Filofax, a Vintage Pink Malden in personal which I am IN LOVE WITH... and now I'm having the dreaded Planner Envy. I don't *need* a purple one..... do I????

    *sigh*

    And so it begins.

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    1. Wouldn't a purple one look lovely next to Vintage Pink? Just a thought.....;-)

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    2. Yes... oh yes. And they would both look lovely next to the Grey one....

      Must... not.... succumb....

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  18. Just as i was writing my blog post which asks about this 'Nivea treatment' its on here - weird or what!!
    Ive never heard of it before!

    http://the-wonderful-life-of-alice.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/pocket-baroque-has-arrived.html

    Does anything else work as im allergic to Nivea etc - or is the only thing?

    Thanks!!

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    1. Hi Alice, more info can be found here:
      http://vanjilla.blogspot.co.uk/2011/11/filofaxs-facial.html

      I've only used Nivea... any one else??

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    2. I use normal face cream, just Boots knock-off of Simple moisturiser! I've never used Nivea because I don't have any, but I might buy some to see if it makes a difference...

      And Anita, you have made me want a personal purple Malden even more now!!!!

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    3. Hi girls,

      I assume any good nourishing cream would work, but I have been warned once to steer clear of those containing mineral oils - I think it has something to do with possibility of colour smearing.
      And I'm so glad you find the recipe helpful! :-)

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    4. In the past 5 weeks I have acquired a personal Malden in vintage pink, a pocket Finsbury in antique rose, and just arriving yesterday......a mini Malden in purple!!! After seeing the purple colour I am in love. I now want a personal Malden in purple and then I think I will satisfied!

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  19. Thanks everyone for your help!
    I may try something like Badger Balm (as i have a lot of allergies and am in fact allergic to lanolin in Nivea and mineral oils etc.
    I have already got a slight scuff on the Baroque and will maybe see if i can find an 'all natural' solution to the problem!!
    Thanks everyone!

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    1. In a pinch (and because I'm impatient), I did a baby oil treatment on a pink personal I got on ebay. It was a little the worse for wear when I received it (dust, dirt, stains). I rubbed the oil all over the binder and then very quickly cleaned it off with a damp cloth. It revived the color and removed deep-seated dirt and the shine is back. The ink stains got a "hair spray on a q-tip" treatment. I was very, very careful and no color came off.

      I'm sure Vanjilla's recipe is better though. (:

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    2. Ohh these sound good, i will have to try them if i ever get a stain!! Thanks so much :)

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    3. Alice, can you get "bag balm" or "udder cream"? It's used by quilters on dry hands because it's not greasy and so won't leave a residue on quilts. And yes, it is what it says. It's used in dairy farming because (I believe) it's safe for human consumption.

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  20. I just brought this exact filofax (its my first one!!!) and I have to say I am totally in love.
    I ummed and ached about whether to go A5 or not. Im a very very busy student and I didn't know if a A5 would be too much space, so I'm giving the personal a very good trial, and luckily my parents brought me my purple malden for my birthday. I did consider the vintage pink, but at heart I am a purple girl!
    Im looking forward to setting it up into a way that works for me.

    I feel I have just stepped into the rabbit hole of Filofax Wonderland, and I'm very happy to be here!

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  21. Hi there! Love your Malden. What size is your satchel? I'm thinking of getting above but not sure what size. I have a Finsbury personal and a wallet that's a similar size to the slimline. Do you think they would both fit in a 11" ( Definately getting a purple after seeing yours!)

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  22. Hi there! I am new to commenting on this site and also a new Filofax owner. This site is great - so many new ideas and like minded people :) my partner thinks I am mad the hours I spend writing in, looking at and organising my personal grey Malden! It is actually becoming a great friend to me - one who has few needs and always lets me write away.
    Anita - your purple Malden and satchel are lovely :)
    For moisturising, I would try cheap baby lotion. Used this on a second hand sofa I bought, that was so dirty it was grey. I blobbed a lot on, then rubbed in circles with cotton wool then wiped off the excess. The sofa is now its original cream colour again, and sofa and smells nice. It hasn't got much dirtier either I think the cream protects it in a way. However, I would try it on a small patch first on a Filofax in case it brings the colour out.

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