Yesterday morning, after much debate between my Good Self (“No, no Denise you mustn’t! You shouldn’t!”), and my Other Self (“Go on lady you want to own it, you need to own it!”), I ordered the beautiful Siena personal Filofax from Filofax UK (guess which self won) and this morning it arrived. As always the service from Filofax was first class.
And so it was with trepidation that I opened the parcel.
Having coveted this Filofax for over a year I was worried that I might be disappointed. I had loved it from the minute I saw it on the website but felt that my pink personal classic was enough however, when my sister pointed out a couple of days ago that it was now half price on the website, I just couldn’t miss out on it. Anyway, back to the parcel.
The first thing I found when I opened the parcel was a box. Not the normal ‘slide in’ box that many other Filofaxes come in, but a proper box with a lid.
|The lovely box protecting my Siena|
I opened the box fully expecting to find the Siena but no – not yet – it was inside a protective bag with a leather button keeping it closed.
|The leather button on the bag – so cute!|
Then came the moment I had been waiting for – finally seeing the Siena in the flesh (so to speak) for the first time.
It really is absolutely gorgeous and I certainly wasn’t disappointed. The antiqued leather is incredibly soft and almost feels velvety to the touch. It is a wonderful dark, chocolate colour described as ‘espresso’ by Filofax.
|Sadly these photos just don’t do it justice.|
|This photo is probably closest to the proper colour|
The Siena has a small external pocket on the front with a lovely plaited zip pull. It has six card slots, four at the front and two at the back and two full length pockets, one at the front and one at the back so plenty of space for storing bits and pieces. The thing that surprised me was that the rings are gold coloured and not the normal chrome. I love Waterman pens and pencils but sadly all the ones I have are all either silver trimmed or completely silver in colour and I would eventually like to get myself a gold trimmed pencil however, it won’t be for a while as I’m currently on a self-imposed no-spend (more about that in another post) so I guess I’ll have to make do for the moment. What is particularly useful is that it lies completely flat from the minute you open it. Not something every Filofax does.
|The Siena lies flat immediately|
Another nice touch is that it comes with all the inserts and indexes in cotton cream. The writing on the index tabs is brown and in my opinion is much softer than the standard black. The ruler is also brown with cream writing.
|Coffee coloured writing and ruler add a touch of class|
So, all in all I am very pleased with my Siena. It’s everything I hoped it would be and more and I’m looking forward to us spending many happy years together. I won’t completely abandon my pink classic though and will probably use that on days when I’m feeling more…frivolous!
To finish, here is a photo of the classic just so it doesn’t feel too left out and neglected.
|This is not goodbye…|