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I have owned a small Cath Kidston diary for the past 4 years- every year I send my husband the link to it and he buys it and wraps it up in my christmas stocking for me. The retail price is £10 but you can get it cheaper than that. Amazon start selling them around the end of summer time and they sell it for anything between £5 and £7 initially. The price goes up the closer you get to Christmas though and one year when I didn't buy early enough from amazon we had to pay full price direct from the cath kidston site and pay postage on top of that. Ouch!
This diary is relatively small measuring 14.4 cm x 10.8 cm x 1.4 cm. it is rectangular in shape and every year the pattern on the cover changes. 2013 had a Turquoise grid pattern with a lovely rose pattern in each square. The diary is protected by a plastic cover which has a pocket at the back with a ziplo opening which is perfect for putting receipts or those loose bits of paper and coupons that you tend to throw in your handbag and never see again. The diary also has two lovely red ribbon page markers which is handy for always knowing where you are in a rush. The back of the diary also has a couple of pages containing 24 business card size sheets which are perforated so you can easily detach them when you need them.
Each week is laid out over 2 pages - Monday to Thursday on the left hand page, and friday to Sunday and a notes section on the right hand page. Each page has some element of the lovely cath kidston patterns on it and it really is a pleasure to use and write on. My only criticism is I felt the paper used in the 2013 diary was not of the same quality and standard of previous years and if this is going to be the case in the 2014 version then I feel it is a real shame. However, it is still the best and prettiest diary for sale in my opinion and I look forward to seeing a new one in my stocking on Christmas morning.
I have been organised and purchased my 2013 diary from Cath Kidson.
It is light and small (14.4x10.6cm), perfect for handbag.
It is pretty, perfect for girls who like pretty.
It is practical - plastic covered for waterproofing and protection. It has a little ziplock pocket at the back for little bits and pieces i usually stuff between the pages or lose in the depths of my handbag! It has little perforated note section at the back for passing on your telephone number (wink wink) or other things without defacing your diary.
There is a month by month cubed yearly planner at the beginning which is great for adding birthdays and one for the next year which is great for adding the next years appointments you start getting at the end of the year so not needing to carry 2 diaries around for a time..
A little ribbon for marking your page (always useful). The week is set out to view the left hand side with a note page on the right. My only complaint would be that the weekend sections are smaller than the week. Like most my social life tends to be more of the weekend than weekdays and would like a bigger space to get multiple things in...
There are address pages and the usually bumpf about holidays and what-not.
I paid a costly £10.00 for mine in August but can be found for £6.00 on Amazon at the moment..should have been patient but stationery is a weakness...
I have been using my Cath Kidston 2012 diary for a month now after receiving it as a Christmas gift.
RRP is £30
However the diary can be found on eBay, Amazon, WHSmith and such like at anything from £10 to £30 - a reduced price as you have missed the first month seems to be a miss at the moment!
**** THE DESIGN AND MY OPINION ***
Measuring at a length of 6 inches and width of 4.5 inches makes the diary ideal for the handbag. This diary is definitely aimed at the girls, as are most Cath Kidston items I would say. The cover design is pale yellow background with a floral pattern which differs on the back, but down the stem is a pink base with white spots, along with a small Cath Kidston label saying it is the 2012 diary.
This is enclosed inside a plastic cover which has a zip pocket to the back and two red ribbon dividers.
I do like this even though it is very girly for me and it is clearly visible in the depths of my bag so I can reach it in an instant and being a paperback means it can take a bit of a bashing around without being noticeably scuffed on the edges. The plastic cover is ideal too, it means it doesn't get marks over it and can be wiped clean if needed. The zip bit at the back I use for receipts mainly and little paper info sheets I acquire at work, at least this means I don't lose them!
Inside the diary first page are the print details and a stamp saying they are part of the FSC or Forest Stewardship Council, which encourages and supports responsible management of forests.
The next couple of pages are with years calendars for 20011, 20012 and 2013.
Very small print but readable with weeks in black and weekends in red. I do like this as I can plan out my holiday for the year but generally this is all I ever use this for.
The next set of pages are month at a glance ones. These have a square for each day, a small block for notes and a small 2011/2013 block at the bottom. Also included are the bank holidays etc.
This bit is probably the bit I use the most. Working shifts which vary all the time and are set out over a six week period I find it essential to write my shifts here, one so I know what I am working and two so I can plan out any other appointments at a quick glance. Although the boxes are small there is enough room to write times and small notes. Each of the months is simply decorated with a different flower logo in the corner which makes it pleasant but not intrusive of the purpose of the diary.
The actual diary part comes in a format of a week at a glance on one side of the page with the other side for notes, again with 2011/2013 calendars at the bottom. These pages are edged with red one side and floral the other.
Compact little oblongs with enough room to write a more detailed composition of what is going on in your life and states the various holidays.
The last few sections of the diary comprise of :-
2012 holidays for major countries - I do find this very useful especially as I work within a multi-cultural workplace and it is nice to know when it is someone else's special occasion without having to ask. Having said that I do find it quite annoying that they have not included some countries such as India or Africa as I feel that these are major countries?
International phone codes - very useful I can never remember any!
Personal information - this is very compact, only home, business and emergency info, but I guess that covers most areas
Address and telephone pages - there are quite a few pages for this which s nice and each has name address, email and three phone sections.
Notes pages and notes - These are two separate things. Notes pages of which there are plenty are plain pages with lines on, but there are also some pages at the back with three perforations on to allow you to write a note and tear it out neatly to give to someone - a novel idea which I find very useful.
Overall, I feel this is a very useful diary which has everything I need and a little more enclosed in a pretty design. I personally would not pay £10 for any pocket diary and definitely not £30! But as this was a gift what can I say....
Review maybe posted on dooyoo and ciao under the same username
I would like to consider myself as a fairly organised person, however with a young baby now, I realise that dates and events could easily get missed, even more so when I return to work next year after maternity leave. So, I decided to buy a diary that would ensure nothing gets forgotten.
I am really beginning to like Cath Kidston stuff, although at times I think it is way overpriced, however, when I saw this Cath Kidston diary at just under £7 on amazon, I thought it wasn't a bad price and felt it would do what I needed and so I ordered one. When it arrived, I was a little disappointed at the size, as it did look a lot bigger in the picture, but then again, I never thought to look at the measurements of it. It is just slightly under A5 sizem and more like a pocket diary than anything else.
This diary comse with a little bookmark to keep your place, as well as a zip pocket for you to place any notes etc inside, which is an additional touch which I think it rather nice. The outside of the diary has the familiar floral pattern that Cath Kidston is renowned for, mixed with pink and white spots along the edging.
Inside it states that this diary has a calendar, information, address book, note pages and perforated notes. In regards to the calendar the first part of the diary has a full page calendar, with plenty of room to write in important dates and events which you can look at at a glance. Each month is spread out on a double page. This is then followed by the usual diary layout, and at the end of every month there is a section for notes which again is a nice extra. At the back of the diary there is an address book with a good amount of room for writing those key numbers and addresses that you may like to keep close at hand. This is then followed by more space for notes and little sections which you can tear out which can also be used as notes.
This is actually a diary for next year so I haven't had too much to write into it as yet although there is some information already in there as well as some important telephone numbers. I think this is a really cute little pocket diary and ideal for my handbag so I can write down information and dates, especially those that are to do with my baby daughter, and so I can see at a glance what is coming up using the calendar and then record in more detail events and dates in the actual diary section. Although there are diaries out there that are much cheaper, there is something quite elegant looking about this diary and I can't wait to get maximum use of it next year, and I know I will.