Regular readers will know as well as make up and beauty, my other big love is anything to do with stationery and crafting. I have over 100 notebooks (which aren’t filled – for shame) but they are very much my weakness. When I was asked if I wanted to try something from Pen Heaven, a UK based stationery store which sells both affordable and high end stationery goods, I was like a kid in a candy shop.
Of course, there’s nothing wrong with a biro and a Reporter’s Jotter from Tesco if that’s your thing. I personally love thick, smooth paper to write on, I love leather goods that last years and I have extremely fussy about my pens – they have to run smoothly otherwise it goes in the bin (actually I pass them on but you know what I mean).
I chose this A5 leather book by Laurige (£39.90), (A French fine leather brand) which is refillable (lined or plain paper) – that way the cover can be reused for years to come.
It comes with a protective pouch and optional embossing (for a charge) in silver or gold. You can choose the font and placement of the embossing too – everything is very personalised.
Oh haha – I am so funny. Well I think I am. I was going to put my name then I thought, why have something boring when I can have something fun? Hence, Covefefe is the answer (it really is).
I really like the size of it. It is A5 but sometimes A5 pads are a little jumbo – they are either actually slightly bigger than A5 or they are really thick. I mean you get more pages BUT it’s hard to carry around. I was happy that this is more of a slimline size without compromising on the space.
The paper is smooth and nice to write on too but as the refill books are around £8, they are not too expensive and I don’t have to be too precious about writing in the book.
It is expensive but since the cover is reusable, I think I will keep this for a long long time.
Also I have wanted a Lamy fountain pan for a while but sometimes, it’s just not a priority buy. I chose this lovely Rose Gold XL fountain pen because it’s just very chic. It comes in a carry tube:
Lamy fountain pens vary in price, so depending on what you want you can start with a basic bright fun pen to the more expensive models.
The LX Rose Gold pen is one of the higher end ones (£46.50) and comes in gold, silver, rose gold and black. It is quite a wide pen but really comfortable to grip and is light weight too without feeling cheap. It is weighted just right actually. You can also choose any nib you want from super fine to a calligraphy nib – you can also switch to a convertor cartridge o you can use bottle dink (I have since bought one of those as it means you can be quite creative with the ink you use).
You can’t see it that clearly but I had ‘Rowena’s Pen’ engraved on the lid because people are forever stealing my pens!
I started with a medium nib which I found too scratchy – I couldn’t get comfortable with it.
Then I bought a 1.5 calligraphy nib and it is absolutely perfect for me. I have always preferred thicker, soft nibs (it’s just the way I hold my pen and write) and this is really comfortable and the ink flows effortlessly. You can always add to your nibs at a later date too depending on what look you are going for – at the moment the 1.5 feels perfect to me. As it’s a calligraphy nib, I can press down on this to give it a real script look or use it like a normal pen.
I am super happy with both my items – delivery only took about 3 days in total (that is with engraving) so if you are looking for a personalised gift, I highly recommend them. It doesn’t have to be the more expensive items, they engrave almost anything (I am thinking of getting the kids pencil engraved for when H1 starts school).
Check out their website here.