There’s something utterly magical about stationery. If you disagree with that sentence then this probably isn’t the post for you because I’ve loved pens, pencils, notepads, post-its and everything in between for as long as I can remember and even now in my mid-30s (still, just about), there’s nothing more satisfying than sitting down with a blank notebook and inevitably in my case, making another list.
As a child in the 80s and a teen in the 90s, I was possibly among the earlier generations that stationery was actively marketed to. No longer just purely performing a function, it was now pretty, colourful, scented and the only good thing about starting a new school year was picking up all the bits and bobs from backpacks to pencil cases to make the experience slightly less painful.
I may not still be building my epic eraser collection (at some point I had over 700 then lost interest and rediscovered a massive melded lump one summer at the back of my wardobe!) but now it’s all about sophistication and Pen Heaven are the perfect destination for that special piece either to treat yourself or as a gift for a loved one. They offer “a carefully-selected range of pens from the luxury brands, which can be engraved with a personalised message and despatched same day” and I was delighted to receive a beautiful package through the post showcasing their collection and service.
The pen I received was the Cross Classic Century Lustrous Chrome Ballpoint, aesthetically stunning and of course with the luxury and well-known name of Cross behind it. It writes beautifully and is comfortable to hold with a sleek design, described perfectly on the Pen Heaven website: First conceived in 1946, the slimline silhouette of the Classic Century serves to this day as an icon of mid-century modern design. Its unique bi-directional rotation system advances and retracts the writing tip with a simple twist.
It comes with an equally stylish monochrome presentation box which I love as much as the pen and must find a use for it in our home office somehow. To accompany the pen, I also received the Laurige Leather 1 Pen Case in Turquoise and embossed with my initials. The pen sits comfortably inside the case which has a simple tuck in flap closure.
I’ll no longer be ashamed to pull a pen out of my bag when I’m out and about, normally it’s a tatty old biro missing the lid and bottom or a cheapy freebie I’ve pinched from work but now the pen will look better than the bag by far!
If you love stationery as much as me then Pen Heaven are currently running a brilliant competition over on their blog in honour of National Stationery Week in April. One lucky person will win £150 to spend on their website and it’s so easy to enter. To find out more, read on.
Thank you so much to Pen Heaven for sending me a personalised pen and case free of charge in return for a review. All images, words and opinions are my own unless otherwise stated.