The fastest way to a more 80s you

Me: I just totally got a Filofax.
You: Totally?
Me: Totally!
You: How totally 80s of you.
Me: I know, right?
You: Cool – let’s do some lines and listen to Lisa Lisa & the Cult Jam.

Well, the 80s are back, after all. And I can’t think of a better way to pay homage to the decade so bright I gotta wear shades than with a Filofax. Filofax was to the 80s what PDAs were to the 90s. I suppose iPhones are the PDAs of the 00s, but until my current contract ends, I have to stick with my Prada phone (yes, I am a label whore).

Filofax – no syncing of Outlook, no purchasing of memory, no recharging of battery. Just a pen, some paper, and a leather binder to hold it in; a great big beautiful red binder with a snap, which makes me feel important and clever. So simple, so low-fi, yet so perfect. I like it because I can insert note pages into the Filofax next to the calendar pages, so if I take notes at a meeting, they are right there, next to the diary entry for that meeting. I’m really not as anal retentive as I sound. Really.

I got one of the mid-range models – the A5 Finsbury in red-grained leather. They have models for all budgets, costing from £15 for the mini Identity to £125 for the A4 Filofax classic. I got mine direct from the Filofax website, which was fast and efficient (it arrived 2 days after I ordered it), but you can get them from Paperchase in Borders, and many stationers around town carry them as well.

Now I just need to get some white Wayfarers and some killer shoulder pads.

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