Monday, 7 April 2014

Hot pink patent Domino Filofax review

I'd like to thank Filofax UK for kindly sending me a new patent Domino Filofax free of charge to review. As the hot pink name says, I was expecting this to be a really bright colour and I was not disappointed! Even before I removed it from its packaging, I could already see the pink showing through.

The Domino Filofaxes are one of the lower priced binders in the company's range and are pretty popular. I've only briefly owned ones in the snake finish (nicer than it sounds and not real snakeskin!), but I do like their minimal styling, and the recently launched patent finish is available in pocket, personal and A5 sizes.

For those of you familiar with the Domino, the styling of the exterior hasn't changed and is made of a patent effect PU, with a bright pink elastic closure.

 The finish is very glossy and if I look closely at the picture of the front, I can see myself being reflected there. It's only when I change the angle that you can really see just how glossy this binder is and you can make out the reflection of some trees that are outside our garden.

The interior (compared with the non-patent ones) has lost the card slots, and has a full length vertical slip pocket on the left and the right. There is a lining underneath the slip pockets and one elastic pen loop on the right.

As you can see from the above photo, it doesn't lay flat out of the box. With a little training it may be fine, but as I will be either returning it or doing a give away I didn't want to force it too much. I do find this interior layout very minimal (compared to the Malden that I own), but I would imagine that less pockets will help make the Filofax lighter to carry around.

The inserts that are included are:

  • Transparent flyleaf 
  • Colour topsheet
  • Week on two pages 18 month diary - 5 language
  • Frosted ruler/page marker
  • Coloured 1-6 numbered index
  • To do inserts
  • Pink, green, blue and white ruled notepaper
  • White plain notepaper
  • White quadrille paper
  • Contacts
  • Top opening transparent envelope.    
Other specs:
  • Height: 190mm
  • Width: 130mm
  • Depth: 40mm
  • Ring mechanism: 23mm. 
To be honest, when I first took the Domino out of its packaging, I thought, "Ugh, it's too plasticky and if Barbie had a Filofax, this would be it!" However, I didn't want to write the review straightaway and wanted to give myself some more time to make my mind up. I can definitely say that it has grown on me quite a bit. I am very aware that it is in a quite different price range to the ones that I own and I need to take this into account. I didn't pay anywhere near full price for mine, but the personal Maldens are priced at £76 and this Domino is £23. 

I admit that I am not really into pink, but it is a lovely and cheery shade and I hope that they will release them in different colours as I could see it working in a dark red or teal colour. I couldn't see myself getting this colour out at a business meeting though! I do wonder about the durability of the exterior and I suppose it could pick up scratches if being carried around in a bag with other items. Now that I've handled it some more, I can definitely see its appeal and I think that the patent effect will be popular.    

I'd like to thank Filofax UK again for the opportunity to write this review. 

Friday, 4 April 2014

Recent music purchases and back to Dawn Breakers fitness challenge

Unfortunately I've had a bit of an icky start to the year due to a mixture of seasonal affective disorder and being ill with different bugs that have been going around. Therefore I thought that it was time to buy some upbeat music to help cheer me up and get me going!

I wouldn't say that these recent purchases particularly reflect my normal taste in music, but most of them were played during the 6-week Dawn Breakers (Insanity style) fitness challenge that I did last December. I have just signed up to another one that starts at the end of this month, so I will be writing some posts about that as I didn't last time. It's a high intensity course of training five days a week (6:45 a.m. warm up, I remember you) and during the one last year I was pushed the hardest that I have ever been physically.

Here's why I absolutely loved it:

  • Lovely bunch of people to train with and working in a group helps so much
  • Nutrition plan - I admit I only kinda followed this as I don't need to lose weight and just wanted to get fitter 
  • Ongoing help and advice from people with lots of experience
  • Being able to push myself much harder than I would be confident of doing by myself
  • Exercise definitely helps my mood
  • Completing such a tough challenge made me feel a bit of a badass!