Monday, October 27, 2014


I am officially obsessed with my mint planner. Sometimes I don’t even want to use it, just look at it because it’s so pretty. Yes, I am quite aware that I have a serious problem. It’s such a crazy addiction I have, this paper addiction, I sometimes fail to understand it myself. Anyway, I keep thinking of ways to customize it and make it even cuter than it already is. Plus, it doesn’t help that Kikki K is holding a little contest on Instagram. All you have to do is share as many pictures or videos of how you customize your planner and you could win one of five planner goodie bags from Kikki K full of their pretty products! Who doesn’t love getting stuff for free? So, I decided to play around some more and even though I don’t exactly know what I’m going to use some of the divider sections for just yet, this is how I set up my planner.


For the bits in the pockets of my planner, I kept it to a minimal. I simply have two Heidi Swapp Project Life cards from her Gold Foil Value Kit, a pack of Target page flags and two butterfly paper clips. In the larger slit pocket I have the three Kikki K sticker sheets that came with the planner inserts.

Now, for my front page, the first thing you see is a 4×6 Project Life card that reads, be happy, be bright, be you. It’s from We R Memory Keepers Simply Happy line that I got at Target and I just like the quote on it a lot that I thought it fitting in an inspirational sort of way to be the first thing I see when I open my planner up.

When you flip the card over, the next thing you’ll find is my small little dashboard that I made out of a Project Life page protector. I took a 6×8 page protector sheet that can hold four 3×4 Project Life cards and trimmed it down the middle. Then I punched the correct amount of holes in it, added a few Project Life cards (from the Heidi Swapp Dreamy and Dear Lizzy Neapolitan Editions) and that’s it! On the front side I stuck on some Target sticky notes, then on the back I have a few Hema tab sticky notes as well. I made sure to stick the notes over the cards that didn’t have a cute little quote on them. Then the next page is just the first divider that I was originally going to use as my dashboard, but I need laminate for it and I haven’t gone out and purchased any yet. I made all of my dividers out of Dear Lizzy scrapbook paper that I got on sale at Michaels.

My first section houses my personal information page and my monthly and weekly calendar inserts. I just started my planner, so there is very little to show in this section, but here’s basically the gist of it. Opposite my information page is just a bit of inspiration. The paper I used for my dividers were only one-sided, so I took a sheet of the Cute notepaper from Kikki K and finally put my Blinks of Life stamps to use. And since my planner didn’t come with a Today marker, I made one out of a Project Life divider (Honey Edition) that I trimmed down and punched holes to fit. I have two of these markers in my planner, one to mark the current monthly view calendar page and the other to mark where I am in the weekly calendar view.

Here’s a little flip through video I shot just to show you the other dividers that I made. Right now all the sections are arbitrary. I haven’t decided what I want where. I’m hoping to just use this planner at home mostly because it’s so big. I would eventually like to purchase a personal sized planner, maybe a Medium Lilac Kikki K Time Planner, and use that on the go. And if I end up doing that, I won’t really need the weekly calendar inserts, as I’ll primarily use my personal planner for all the day-to-day stuff.

But as of right now, I have a blog section where I keep track of post ideas and statues and the like for my personal blog, ariestrash, and my collaborative blog, colbie magazine. Then I have a personal section where I track my expenses, how many books I’ve read so far this year, and where I’m keeping all of my trip planning. The last section in the back just has all the Kikki K To Do page inserts. I have an extra section that is empty as of right now, but it will be used for my Ashely Goldberg class I’m taking in November over at Studio Calico.

Anyway, that’s my planner so far. I will no doubt be adding to it as I go along. But I’ll leave you here with a few pretty “outtake” photos of sorts. :)


Saturday, October 25, 2014


It’s been a bit since I shared a mixtape. To be honest, I’ve been listening to the same handful of songs over and over as of late. I’m quite addicted to My Head Is An Animal by Of Monster and Men. I can literally listen to that album all day without getting bored with it. I’ve also been listening to U2’s new album, Songs of Innocence, on repeat as well. I got very excited when they released their new album for free on iTunes. I was in Athens when they released it, and I swear, I was probably the only one in the entire world trying to get the album onto my iOS device while everyone was trying to delete it off of theirs. I also really love the soundtrack to The Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Been listening to that on repeat as well.

Anyway, I’ve compiled a few songs that I found myself liking over the past few months. I’ve listened to each one of these songs too many times to count. Hope you enjoy. :)


  1. The Miracle (Of Joey Ramone) – U2
  2. My Sweet Summer – Dirty Heads
  3. Your New Beloved – Lovelife
  4. Sweater Weather – The Neighborhood
  5. Mad – Cassie Steele
  6. Somersaults in Spring – Friends of Gemini
  7. Youth – Daughter
  8. Ledges – Noah Gundersen
  9. How – The Cranberries
  10. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
  11. Stay Alive – José González

Thursday, October 23, 2014

The view from the caldera in Fira, Santorini

If you ever decide to go visit Greece, I definitely suggest hitting up at least one or two of the Greek islands. There are a ton of islands, but on my trip I only visited five of them in the Cyclades. They are such great way to get away from the loud, busy streets of Athens. You can spend all day lying on the beautiful, windy beaches then the evening in town, walking from shop to shop with some homemade gelato in hand. Ah, all this thinking about the islands makes me wish I were back on the islands!

For the Greek Islands, I did a Busabout Group Island Hopper trip. As a solo traveller, I think this was the best way for me to experience the islands. Basically, I was in a large group of 20-30 year olds and we had a group leader who acted as our guide on each of the islands. Our group leader handled all of our ferry tickets, accommodations and accommodation transfers, and any other optional activities that we wanted to participate in. Our leader also gave us a short walking tour of the town on each of the islands, which was really nice as it can sometimes be a hassle not knowing where you are going. The Island Hopper has a fixed duration, but with the option of staying on any one of the island for more than the default two nights. So when I went, I stayed four nights in Mykonos, two nights in Paros, Santorini and Ios, for a total of ten days. And because I stayed on the first island for two extra nights, the first group that I started with wasn’t the group I ended with. I ended up joining the following group, which was great because the group was much smaller than the first one I was in, which made it less cliquey as everyone seemed to talk and mingle with everyone.

Our first stop was Mykonos and it was probably my most favorite of the islands. I could be that it was the island I spent the most time on, but I think it was because it offered a little bit of everything. If you wanted to sightsee, there’s a few museums, the Church of Paraportiani and the famous Mykonos windmills to see. You could even take a half-day trip to the ancient island of Delos (which I did), the birthplace of the god Apollo and goddess Artemis in Greek Mythology. If sightseeing isn’t your thing, you can relax all day on one of Mykonos’ famous beaches, then hit up Mykonos Town in the evening for dinner and some bar hopping or party the night away at Paradise Beach. There was just a lot to do in Mykonos and that’s what I loved most about it. The only downside to the island is that it’s one of the most expensive of the four islands that I hit on the tour.

We hit Paros next, then Santorini and lastly Ios. Paros is a very quaint island and I loved that it was off the map in terms of being a tourist attraction. Not many people go to Paros, preferring the more popular islands of Mykonos and Santorini instead. That’s what I liked about Paros though. There wasn’t many tourists and the small town was very nice to walk around. There wasn’t a whole lot to see, but enough to spend a full day in town, wandering the white stone streets and shopping.

Santorini was a bit different. The island is small enough to travel from one end to the other. Our base was in Fira Town, but we did take a day going about the island, ending up in Oia to see the famous Santorini sunset. I got to visit the Minoan ruins of Akrotiri, the Black Sand beach in Perissa, and the famous Red Sand Beach. I loved Oia Town more than Fira Town only because it was a lot bigger and there was more to see.

Our last island was Ios, which I will admit wasn’t my favorite. I’m the sightseeing type and like places that there’s a lot to see and do. My mind has to be constantly stimulated with new sites, and sitting on a beach consistently for more than two days isn’t really my thing (maybe for a few hours, but after awhile I tend to get bored). So Ios, being the really big party island, didn’t have much in terms of sights. You basically spent the day at the beach, then grabbed a bite to eat before heading into the very small town to bar hop and party the night away. While I had a pretty good time in Ios, it really wasn’t my scene and I probably wouldn’t stay more than two nights there if I were ever to visit again.

I really enjoyed my time on the Greek Islands. I had a great time with an awesome group of people and I definitely recommend going with Busabout if you’re young and want to give a group trip a go. This trip is really great for solo travelers as it’s easy to meet people to do things with and depending on the size of your group, chances are, everyone will end up doing everything together, which makes the trip even more enjoyable.