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One Day at a Time

blog_beaut2This time of year always gets me excited. Not only do I get to release my entire box of sweaters from solitary confinement, polish my knee high riding boots to gleaming perfection and start drinking extra hot pumpkin spice lattes, but I get to start the once-arduous process of choosing the perfect day planner for next year. When I first began using day planners in college, any old one would do. But now that my tastes have developed and my calendar has become increasingly jam-packed, finding the right day planner is as important as finding the right shade of lipstick—it must perfectly accent your specific lifestyle needs.

Many people these days are using PDAs and iPhones as their go to planner of choice. Call me old fashioned, but I prefer good old pen to paper when planning the daily grind. The best and most aesthetically pleasing date book I have ever found is produced by Cavallini & Co. an Italian paper company specializing in journals, planners, stationery and other high end paper products. This planner, called the “Moderno” is small, sleek and stylish, yet the pages—one dedicated to each day of the year—are more than adequate to track even the busiest executive’s schedule. The supple bonded leather cover of the planner comes in gorgeous hues from mint green to cherry red and can even be monogrammed for the utmost in personalization. Buy one for yourself, and one for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Trust me, these little date books are so perfectly chic that you will never want to chart your course electronically again.


Moderno day planners are available at jennibick.com.

 

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