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I've always been big on collecting beautiful things: whether it's cookbooks, Vogue issues, lipsticks or nail polishes, having a curated collection of something that inspires me and makes me happy feels really important to me. And if there's one thing I've been collecting for all my life, it's pretty notebooks. There's something so special and enchanting about opening a new journal: it holds a promise of new beginnings, new ideas and inspirations, of motivating words of wisdom as well as random ramblings. Memory can be such a fickle and unreliable thing, and there are too many beautiful and memorable things in our lives that merit to be recorded and remembered!
Sometimes, when I feel like going down the memory lane, there's nothing more satisfying than picking up an old journal and diving into my old writings and ramblings: remembering my first loves and unrequited crushes alike, recalling the experiences from my travels, and laughing about my old childhood and teenage concerns ("Dear diary, I'm afraid he's just not that into me!" - I guess we've all been there :) My notebooks aren't all diaries: sometimes they're just a collection of random ideas, inspirations and things that crossed my mind, but they are extremely precious to me. They are witnesses to who I am, who I used to be, and who I aspire to be in the future. They are me.
That's why I keep adding more and more notebooks to my collection: sometimes I start to write inside, and never get to the last page, sometimes one of them is just too pretty to spoil with writing, sometimes it's full of torn out pages and scratched phrases. But I would never ever throw one out.
Below you can find my current favorites: some of them I already own (like this one and this one), some of them are on their way to me (like this one, this one and this one), and some of them I'm simply coveting, for their price tag is just too hefty (I'm looking at you, Smythson!)
I would love to hear your own notebook stories (if you have them): do you keep a journal? Do you have the same tendency to hoard pretty notebooks? Or do you just grab a random Post-it when inspiration strikes? Let me know in the comments!
3. One line a day journal, $16.95
4. Carpe Diem journal, $16.95
7. BOUND Leather mini journal in Blush pink, $15.65
9. Rifle Paper Co. Evelina journal, $15
13. BOUND Leather mini journal in Soft orange, $15.65