I don’t collect a lot of things but I do have an enormous collection of stationery that I’ve kept since I was like, 7 years old. I
’ve been hooked since my Grandma bought me a Keroppi writing set from her travels to Hong Kong, I have been growing an impressive stash of stationery ever since that day; Scented erasers, pretty notebooks, pencil cases that had all these gadgety buttons and secret compartments, rolls and rolls (and rolls) of stickers. Hey, it was the 90s and that is the kind of thing we were in to! 
So, if you ever wondered how kids ever managed without the Internet and social media… I can answer that for you right now. Instead of using social media, we’d do stuff like trade items of stationery with each other. Riveting. I know.
My obsession started when I began writing to my Filipino penpal and I sensed that we were secretly trying to out-Sanrio each other with the fanciest Hello Kitty letter paper and the sparkliest stickers (hers was glow-in-the-dark with glitter, and I went one step better with stickers that were made of GLASS). 
Even now, as an adult, I can’t walk in to Paperchase without buying something. It’s uncontrollable. I have accumulated a tall pile of notebooks… and that’s just since January of this year. What is wrong with me, why can’t I stop buying stationery.
Discovering the stationery department at Amara is bad for me, it fuels my obsession and I’ve got a wishlist as long as my arm (and believe me, I have long arms for my height, long time readers will know that it’s an insecurity of mine. Meh. I don’t know who I inherited these long, gangly things from! I mean, not that I’m looking for someone to blame but…)
I celebrated my new (now not-so-new) job with new stationery, what better way to mark the occasion! New job, new stationery. That’s my motto. 

Except it’s no longer Sanrio stationery that I’m interested in, it’s Kate Spade (and now I’m in trouble…). To get my fix, Amara Living offered to send me a bundle of stuff. What a way to make my day! 

Kate Spade Journal 

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With the slogan ‘Eat Cake For Breakfast” embossed in gold foil, this cloth-covered journal with a rainbow coloured ribbons for bookmarks is too hard to ignore. This journal is more stylish than me. I can’t deal.

Kate Spade Leaf-Print Notebook 

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I confess- I picked this because of how instagrammable it is. I also selected it because I knew it could work as a blog photo prop. That’s a totally justified reason for buying something you don’t need. Yep!

Kate Spade Travel Mug 

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I can’t function without a cup of tea first thing in the morning so this keeps my brew cuppa warm for my commute on the train. Plus, it looks SUPER cute! Browse this page and tell me you don’t want everything!

Elizabeth Scarlett Washbag 

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Most of my washbags are from Primark and all the zips have either broken off or gotten stuck (argh) so I thought a new one was due. I always carry a bag of make-up with me and this palm-tree print wash bag is big enough to store my beauty essentials.
All of these products are available from Amara*. Check them their website if you’re a fan of homeware – everything looks like it’s straight out of Pinterest! *swoon*.

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