Ahhhh. It was not easy for me picking which planner to use this year (the struggle is real, guys), but I have come to a decision. For the year 2017, I have decided to use the Belle de Jour Power Planner again.
Why 'again?' Well, I had been using the BDJ planner for a few years now, but last year, I got really into glam-planning and got sucked in by the planning community. I didn't expect I would enjoy it a lot that I would even try other planners! I did use the 2016 BDJ planner but only for like a month, just while I was waiting for my undated Happy Planner to arrive. When it finally did, that's where I did my main planning. I also used a personal-sized Kikki K with SewMuchCrafting inserts for on-the-go planning. I loved decorating and glamming up my Happy Planner spreads with stickers. It's addicting! It's a really relaxing hobby (though it can be quite an expensive one), and it made planning my weeks more fun. After using it for almost a year, though, I realized that the Happy Planner was a bit too huge for my weekly needs. So, as much as I'm gonna miss my pretty HP spreads, I decided to switch back to BDJ (it's what I have on hand). The size is just perfect. I can still use my planner stickers in it, so all the pretty stickers I bought last year won't be wasted! At least, that's what I tell myself haha. I intentionally did not go looking for a planner this year because I knew if I had a lot of choices, I would go crazy and get them all. Haha-huhu.
The 2017 Power Planner comes in different covers (which you can preview *here*):
- Smythe Sewn
- Limited Edition
I have the leather one, but the pages inside are the same for all covers. Let me walk you through the 2017 Belle de Jour Power Planner.
So this is what the leather cover looks like this year. The text, now in blue foil, goes with the waves-y theme this year. Here are some of the pages.
|Weekly view with a vertical layout|
|Events calendar (month-sorting)|
|Bucket list (now sorted into categories)|
|Menstrual tracker (one of my favorite features)|
|Cash flow tracker|
Not shown here are the following.
- 2017 Goals
- My Happiness List
- Dream Board
- Rise Above the Waves
- Attitude of Gratitude
There are a lot of motivational and encouraging prompts and lists in these pages that will get you thinking. The BDJ Power Planner, based on these pages, seem to aim to help us women open up and get to know ourselves better, have a good outlook on life and be more goal-oriented. All that to help us achieve our dreams. But honestly, I personally don't use most of these added features, except for the Menstrual Tracker, which I find really helpful. Quite ironic, yes, since these pages make BDJ what they are, and I don't even use them. But to each her own.
This year's colors I've noticed, are a bit lighter than last year's, and are a mix of warm and cool tones. The color theme also varies per month. Like last year's planner, this one also comes with a magnetic bookmark and a sheet of stickers. And of course, the coupon book!
I've already sorted through my coupons. My faves are always the Parisian and CBTL ones, so I'll be keeping those in my wallet!
Inside the coupon book, you'll also find the Lifestyle Card...
...which you can use to enjoy discounts from BDJ's partner establishments.
This planner, as you can see in its pages, stands by its aim to inspire today's women and help them achieve their goals and dreams, and make a difference in their community, all in great style.
Like what I said last year, you can decorate this with planner stickers if you want, but there's really no need to since this planner is already colorful and complete by itself, all you have to do is write on it. I don't consider it as a fully-customizable planner because the scheme is already pretty colorful, but it can still be decorated nonetheless. Just check out my planner spreads on Instagram! Of course, I put in a bit more effort in covering up the planner's colors in case they clash with my chosen theme, but it can be done :)
If the theme of the Power Planner is not for you, then you may want to check out BDJ's other planners like these two!
|2017 Focus Journal (for the minimalist)|
|2017 NAVI planner (for the traveller)|
Belle de Jour planners and other products are available at leading bookstores and even online at ilovebdj.com/shop :)
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Happy new year, Bellas!!
Disclaimer: Product was received for free, but the views and opinions expressed in this post are purely mine and based on my own experience with the product.