Saturday, August 6, 2016

MUJI Haul - Stationary & Organization Products

When I think of MUJI, these three products immediately come to mind: my absolute favourite grey clicky pen, my acrylic storage unit, and the notebook I purchased on opening day of MUJI ATRIUM in downtown Toronto (adorned with the in-store stamps, of course!). I love the simplicity, functionality, and affordability of MUJI products so I was thrilled when they invited me to the head office to check out their line of stationary and organization products for back to school.

MUJI showed us a variety of different products and I learned about a few items that quickly made it to the top of my wish list, including an oil based marker (similar to a Sharpie but without the scent) and transparent sticky notes. There were a variety of other items that piqued my interest so I was very thankful to MUJI for providing us with goody bags. Here is a little overview of what we received - as I start trying the products, I will be posting videos on my YouTube channel of some of these products in action. I have a feeling my first video will feature this set of 24 markers because they are too pretty to sit in their cannister unused. Note that I've included links where I can but they lead to either the US or EU online store - prices in Canada will be different.




Oops, I "swatched" these out of order but hopefully you get the gist...


I'm pretty sure I did a little fist pump when I saw that MUJI included my favourite pen in a couple of different colours. While grey still has my heart for day-to-day use, I'm going to try to incorporate some pink and green into my life.


Keeping on the theme of pens, this very functional pen case is the perfect vessel to house your favourite writing instruments. There is a little compartment at the top for your eraser or some paper clips. Nestled beautifully inside are an assortment of MUJI's best selling pens. I've never owned these specific ones in 0.5mm (although I did have the thinner 0.38mm version - since passed on to my sisters) so I'm excited to see how I like them. Upon doodling with them for the first time, I can report that they write very smoothly.




This 6-in-1 colour pen is a great concept. It writes very smoothly but I personally was not a fan of how splotchy the ink looks.


Finally, in terms of writing instruments, we received the following 2 mechanical pencils, both of which take 0.5mm refills. I have tried using these very briefly, and the weight & ergonomics of both pencils were very much to my liking.


Let's talk notebooks! We received a 5-pack of ruled notebooks - these are very similar to the notebook I purchased on opening day (except mine had blank pages), which I still haven't used because I love it so much and I haven't come up with a good enough idea of what I want to use it for. I'm happy I have a few other notebooks to play around with now!


I'm super duper excited about this little notebook because it has dotted pages! I've been watching a ton of bullet journal videos and dotted notebooks are very popular in the bullet journal community. I've been wanting to give dotted pages a try and now I can without having to go through the process of selecting a notebook myself. When there are too many options, I tend to suffer from analysis paralysis - anyone else?


And since I'm asking questions, who doesn't love a good to-do list notepad?


We received this academic diary, which runs from August 2016 to September 2017. It's simple and elegant but I already have a planning system so I will be passing this on to a better home.


We were also provided with an assortment of cute supplies: mini stapler, cat sticky notes, transparent sticky notes, aluminum card case, and pen holder.


Retouch tape, glue tape, and key ring memo block. Apparently, the key ring memo block is extremely popular among Japanese students for learning English. The little pieces of paper essentially function as flash cards, where a Japanese word would be written on one side and the English translation on the other side. So interesting!



My husband is very passionate about shredding confidential documents so he was quite interested in this little handheld shredder.


We were spoiled with these next items - acrylic organization units! I've been meaning to purchase a smaller set of acrylic drawers as I currently have the 5-drawer unit but it doesn't fit in the new spot I allocated for my planner supplies. This 3-drawer unit is perfect and I have already transferred my supplies over.


The other acrylic storage unit we received was a small rack style unit with various slanted "shelves" - I was not familiar with this piece and I am pleasantly surprised that it has become one of my favourite products from MUJI. I used to store my pens in the pull-out acrylic drawers but now I have them sitting pretty in this unit and they are so much easier to access... love love love!



A huge thank you to MUJI for inviting me to the office and providing us with such generous goody bags! Be sure to tune in to my YouTube channel for videos of some of these products in action! There may or may not be a little giveaway tied to one of those videos. :)

Not sponsored. MUJI provided these products for review purposes.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Travel Tuesday . Le Puy-en-Velay . September 2013



























1. View of Saint Michel d'Aiguilhe Chapel in Le Puy-en-Velay (M)
2. View of street in Le Puy-en-Velay (M)
3. My lunch (M)
4. Hubby's lunch (H)
5. Friend & her lunch (F)
6. Views in Le Puy-en-Velay (M)
7. Views in Le Puy-en-Velay (M)
8. Entrance (H)
9. Church details (M)
10. Church details (H)
11. Fun in the sun (H)
12. View of town en route to the chapel (M)
13. Chapel entrance (M)
14. Side of chapel (M)
15. Chapel & details (H)
16. Stained glass (M)
17. Looking out (H)
18. So many steps (H)
19. Artisan lace (H)
20. Driving back to Lyon (M)
21. Lyon at night (M)
22. Dining al fresco (M)
23. Yum (M)
24. Double yum (F)
25. Lyon at night & bridge detail (H)
26. Lyon at night (H)

Note: the letter in parentheses = source of the image (M = my camera, H = hubby's camera, F = friend's camera).

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Travel Tuesday . MUJI to GO . First Impressions

MUJI to GO is a line of travel products designed with the following characteristics in mind: compact, functional, and comfortable. I am drawn to MUJI products due to their simplicity and functionality and the MUJI to GO line is no exception. I was recently invited to the MUJI head office to learn about the MUJI to GO line and was provided with a set of products to try. I will be featuring a few of these items in a "pack with me" video in the fall. In the meantime, here are my first impressions.

The 33L Valise Hard Carry Travel Suitcase comes in 4 colours: black, red, navy, and beige. I chose beige because it is really stunning in real life - the suitcase has a lovely sheen that makes the beige look almost like a beautiful brushed metal. We received the 33L carry on size to try and I am really excited to test it out on my next trip. I've wheeled the luggage around already as I walked home from the MUJI head office with it in tow and the wheels are very smooth. I'm a little concerned that the luggage does not expand (I always come home with more than I leave with), but we often pack a lightweight collapsible duffle bag in case of extreme shopping so I will be sure to bring that with us. :)


A couple of the features that I found most interesting about MUJI's line of luggage include (1) the ability to lock the wheels to prevent your luggage from moving around when you want it to remain stationary and (2) the built-in locking mechanism for the zipper tabs. I don't usually lock my luggage so the jury's still out on whether I will use the latter feature but I found it to be quite innovative.



I love being organized so I'm not sure why I've never used packing cubes. I was going to purchase some a little while ago so I was thrilled when MUJI surprised us by including a couple of packing cubes in our selection of goodies. We received the medium double layer case and the large case.


This eye mask is the only item I've tried thus far. It's a very soft cotton mask that fits me perfectly - it is not too loose and not too tight. I often sleep with a mask as there is quite a lot of light at night in downtown Toronto and we don't have blackout blinds/curtains. I like that this mask comes with a pouch so you can keep it relatively clean when you travel.


As some of you may know, I've been working through my beauty products and I'm starting to run very low on samples (yippee!). I used to "depot" my full size products into reuseable containers, but when I started my beauty box obsession, I amassed a plethora of travel size samples so I decluttered all my reuseable bottles as they were taking up space and not being used. Now that I'm transitioning back to using full size products, I have a feeling this MUJI travel set is going to come in very handy! I love the little round stackable containers - at the MUJI head office, they were used to store hair ties, and I plan to do the same. Also, I have a fascination with clear makeup bags so I'm excited to add this one to my collection.


These are the only 2 items I'm not sure I'll get a lot of use out of. One is a lint roller; however, I generally prefer lint brushes that use little stiff fibers to remove hair/lint/fur/dust, rather than a roll of sticky tape that needs to be refilled. The second item is a purse hanger, which I've seen used before and I do like the concept, but I've never found a need for it in my own personal experience. Interestingly enough, Alinea used a purse hanger for my super heavy Alexander Wang Rocco and DSLR combo, which almost gave me a heart attack, but surprisingly, it held. Back on topic: I will try using both, and if they don't suit my lifestyle, I will pass them on.


Last but certainly not least, I am very excited about this neck cushion! I like that it comes apart so you can mold it into different shapes and use it for your neck, head, or back. I also LOVE that the outer layer zips off so you can wash it. I've had multiple neck pillows in the pass and I always end up donating them because I don't like not being able to thoroughly wash them. This is the perfect solution and I can't wait to use it in the fall on my next trip.


In case you are interested, here is the vlog with some footage of the MUJI head office and the above MUJI to GO products.



Have you tried any products from the MUJI to GO line? If so, please let me know your thoughts!

Not sponsored. Thank you to MUJI for providing these products for review purposes.

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