Well Lilly lovers it’s everyone’s favorite time of year: Agenda Time! Each year in June, the Lilly obsessed wait (im)patiently for the release of the coveted agenda. Which patterns will they feature? What new details can we expect? Will I be able to stand the wait until August to use it? Have no fear, I’m here to give an in depth review of the 2016-2017 Lilly Pulitzer Agenda.
First of all, the Lilly Pulitzer Agenda is available RIGHT NOW for purchase. So read this review and let me know which pattern and size YOU are picking and why it works for your lifestyle!
The 2016-2017 Lilly Pulitzer agenda is very similar to last years agenda with some nice upgrades and, of course, fresh new prints.
New features for 2016-2017 include a gold elastic band cover and gold spiral binding AND the prints feature some fantastic gold foil details. The past few years the agendas have featured colored bands and white bindings and I have to tell you that I just adore the gold. It really ups the style factor on these agendas and I hope they continue to use the gold accents. So much gold foil y’all. Can you handle it?
This year Lilly discontinued the covered spine large agendas for the 17-month agenda but added a new monthly planner. I haven’t seen these in person but from what I can tell they are simply agendas that only have a monthly view. So for those of you that feel like the monthly and weekly agendas are just too much to keep up with or who want something not as bulky, the monthly planner sounds like the perfect fit for you. Also, a sweet commenter told me that she spoke with Lilly customer service regarding the covered spine agendas and it seems like these may be released in October. Last year I heard a rumor that Lilly was going to introduce regular 12-month agendas and I’m wondering if that’s what these covered spine versions may be. I’ll keep you posted.
Here’s a quick glance at the Lilly Pulitzer agenda size differences and also what patterns each is available in. Click the “X” to be taken to an Amazon or Lilly Pulitzer link.
|Size||Measurements||Ocean Jewels||Exotic Garden||Southern Charm||Tusk In Sun||Island Time||Lovers Coral||Going Coastal|
|Jumbo||8 3/4″ x 11 1/4″||X||X||X|
|Large||6 3/4″ x 8 7/8″||X||X||X||X||X||X|
|Medium||5″ x 8 1/4″||X||X||X||X|
|Small||4 1/2″ x 6 1/2″||X||X|
|Monthly Planner||6 3/4″ x 8 7/8″||X||X|
This year, I decided to go for the large agenda size. I bought the jumbo last year and while it truly is a wonderful thing for students, teachers, or those that have much busier lives than I do, it was just too big for me and I felt like all of that wonderful writing space was really lost on me. I do still like the larger sizes though because it’s very easy to write in and I don’t feel cramped like I did when I bought the small size. The large is perfect for me to use as a desk planner but it can travel easily as long as you are carrying a tote or backpack.
Here is a comparison from my three most recent agendas-jumbo, large, and small.
My very favorite part of this year’s planner is the Exotic Garden pattern that I chose. This pattern is just to die for and is even prettier in person. There are gold foil accents all over it and again, that gold just really elevates the style of the agenda from something cute to something truly worth showing off. This pattern is also one of the reasons I ended up choosing the large size over the jumbo. I just couldn’t say no!
Now for a preview of the inside of the agenda. All of the agendas have the same layout and prints inside.
The inside cover features a great palm print and pocket page on the right.
The next layout includes another pocket page and a brief history of Lilly and her company.
Next is a print page and the first of two sticker pages. Last year Lilly featured their 5×5 art in their stickers and while totally adorable, they weren’t particularly useful beyond being decorative. This year Lilly went back to more typical agenda stickers which I find to be pretty and functional. Have no fear if you love that 5×5 art though y’all. I have a surprise coming up for you in in the next couple of pages.
This page probably looks familiar to those who bought last year’s agenda. The Palm Beach map was probably my favorite spread of last year’s agenda and its made a comeback for 2016-2017.
Next up is a 2017-2018 look ahead
Remember that surprise I mentioned? Sad the stickers no longer feature the 5×5 art? Well let me just tell you, this is bigger and better than those stickers! This year Lilly features some of their 5×5 art by devoting individual pages to some select prints. These are just screaming to be torn out and framed.
The dates to celebrate pages are nice if you like to keep birthdays and anniversaries all on one page in an easy to find format.
The travel pages are perfect if you have some trips on your itinerary but these can also be used to plan projects or track long term goals if you don’t travel much. Just use some washi tape or labels to cover up the text and fill in your own to customize this page. There are 12 travel pages so there is lots of room to play around with.
Last year I mentioned that the numbers and addresses pages might seem outdated but are great to record important numbers and info in case of technology breakdown. There are 4 numbers and addresses pages.
A section for notes is always helpful and Lilly has given us 10 pages for whatever you need to record. I love to keep track of books I’ve read, movies I’ve watched, or other metadata I might want to look back on.
There is something I want to mention before I get to the monthly/weekly spreads and that is concerning last year’s agendas which had a monthly-only section. Or, at least mine did. This was separate from the regular monthly/weekly spreads and was just a two page calendar spread for each month in a section all on its own. This is not included in this year’s agenda. I was really never sure last year if the extra monthly section was a printing error or not because I heard from some ladies who did NOT have that section in their agenda but my agenda did. I personally did not find it useful and it only bulked up my agenda so I’m glad that it’s not included this year. I wasn’t sure if I was going to include a note about this but a lovely reader mentioned it so I figure I would sneak a quick note in about it.
Now for the good stuff. Each Lilly Pulitzer agenda monthly/weekly spread includes a two-page cover layout featuring a wonderful print, a monthly calendar view, and a weekly calendar view. Just like last year, I’m going to use August as a full example of the monthly and weekly spread. For the rest of the months I’ll just be showing you the cover preview.
And finally the inside back cover.
The 2016-2017 Lilly Pulitzer agenda is available on Amazon with free Prime shipping which I find is the quickest way to get your hands on a planner. The Lilly Pulitzer website has all agendas available and offers free shipping. Eventually the agendas will disappear or sell out from the Lilly site and I find that Amazon is the place to go once that happens.
Well, Lilly lovers, what do you think about this year’s agenda? Are you getting one and, if so, what pattern is your favorite? Share your comments and questions below so we can feel the Lilly love!
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