Last week, I took to Instagram Stories to share a bit of a pickle I’ve recently found myself in. My long-time favorite planner designer, Sweet Caroline Designs, won’t be releasing a new planner this year. Cue the tears! I fell in love with the simplicity, joy, large size and southern charm of her planners and will be sad without one this year.
The good news is that y’all had thousands of recommendations to send in. Leave it to this community to have so many great ideas, as usual. I’ve spent the past few days combing through them and researching your favorites, and am excited to share a massive roundup of all of your favorite planner and agenda recommendations.
Let’s dive in, shall we?! Here are 13 cute planners you need to know about:
cute agendas and planners
The Simplified Planner
The Simplified Planner was, by far, one of the most highly recommended agendas you sent in. I’ve actually been a fan of Emily Ley’s brand for years, but am yet to own one of her highly-acclaimed planners. Her “Simplified Planner” comes in both a daily and weekly format, with a handful of adorable cover options.
My Favorite: The Weekly Simplified Planner in Pink Pinstripe
Looking for a nearly completely customizable planner? Check out the Erin Condren LifePlanner. Not only can you change the exact colors on multiple cover options (down to the exact flower color, for example) you can also select from a few different interior layout options as well as date ranges. One reader did note that the front cover of hers comes off frequently… just something to keep in mind!
My Favorite: Colorblock LifePlanner with “horizontal” and “layers colorful” options
Seeing so many of you recommend the Lilly Pulitzer agenda made my heart happy. This was my very first and very favorite planner for years! (In fact, check out a fun throwback here!) I stopped using them one year because I couldn’t find a print I loved, but now I’m thinking about getting back on the bandwagon. The size options are fabulous (I love jumbo) and the layout is very simple, but always puts me in a good mood! P.S. I did some research and it looks like Lilly switched up the layout last year, but this year it’s back to the original format.
My Favorite: Jumbo 17-month agenda in Multi Unicorn of the Sea
For a fun and bold planner that isn’t quite so, well, Lilly Pulitzer, the Kate Spade 10-Month Planner offers a great mix of personality and functionality. My one complaint? I only wish there were a few more color options! Looking through the reviews, it looks like this year’s Kate Spade planner is smaller than in years past.
My Favorite: Scallop Mega 17-Month Planner
I had never heard of the Plum Paper Planner until last week, so a huge thank you for introducing me to this fun brand! Plum Paper planners allow you to customize everything from the cover to the layout… and even the text you want on your layout. There are lots of great “add on” options and three sizes to choose from.
My Favorite: Large Planner in Beloved Pink with “horizontal priorities” layout
Target // Blue Sky
For an affordable and adorable option, check out a line many of you recommended… Blue Sky at Target! Starting at just $9.99, these cute planners come in an array of cover options. Apparently, many of you have used and loved this brand for years!
My Favorite: Academic Planner in Totem Pink
Rifle Paper Co.
Turns out, the always-adorable Rifle Paper Co. makes oh-so-cute planners too! You can expect the same bright, whimsical artistry the line is known for as well as options in size, date-span and binding. The sticker page might just be my favorite part. :)
My Favorite: 17-Month Large Planner in Wild Garden.
I, personally, like switching up my planner each year, but if you love all things timeless, classic and consistent, you might enjoy the Leatherology Modern 2021 Planner. (Check out all of their planner options here.) Granted, it is on the higher end of the price spectrum, but the beautiful leather cover can be monogrammed or hand painted and refilled year after year. So gorgeous, right?!
My Favorite: Modern 2021 Planner in Camel Leather with White and Blush hand painted monogram.
Another new-to-me planner line? Day Designer, and let me just say, it is so well-branded and well-done. I’ve always leaned more towards a weekly, open layout, but the Daily Planner is making me rethink that. I actually love how their Daily Planner is laid out, and wish I had grabbed an Academic Year Daily Planner before so many sold out!
My Favorite: Academic Year Daily Planner in Enchanted Forest. (Currently sold out.)
Golden Coil was easily in the top three reader recommendations as well, and I can see why! These chic, beautifully-designed planners allow you to completely customize your agenda experience. The website is easy to navigate as you build your perfect planner, and I’m blown away by how gorgeous and simple the design options are. Could this be my replacement?!
My Favorite: Linen Petal Cover With Weekly, Double-Page Horizontal 1 Layout
NEELY & CHLOE
A chic, monogrammed leather planner with an insert designed by Inslee? What’s not to love about this Neely & Chloe Day Planner! I have emailed the brand to see if they’ll be coming out with new planners for 2021, and will keep you updated on what I find. What a fun, chic option!
The final planner recommendation I’m excited to share with you today is by Papier. You’ll love the huge assortment of chic colors and patterns, and the ability to add custom text to the cover. If you don’t want to wait until January, Papier offers an undated weekly planner as well. So many options, and at such a great price point!
My Favorite: Scallop Spine planner in Mid Dusty Blue
I just updated this planner list from 12 to 13 thanks to longtime Lonestar Southern-reader, Monty! In the comments, she introduced me to Whitney English’s line of planners. I’ve been on her site for the past twenty minutes and am in love. First off, her planners are aesthetically stunning. Secondly, they’re organized in a way I’ve never seen before… with lots of room for notes! You’ll find a helpful walkthrough here. Fun fact, Whitney releases her 2021 planners tomorrow morning!
My Favorite: Academic Year Planner in Sonoma Light Grey (but the blue gingham she launches tomorrow is a close second!)
The Happy Planner. Appointed Daily Planner, Kikki.K, Lemome Planner, myAgenda Planner, Ivory Paper Co, The Christian Planner, Fringe Studios Planner, Evelyn Henson Planner, May Designs, Vera Bradley, Agendio, Paper Source
Who would have thought there would be so many wonderful planner options out there? I cannot thank all of you enough for your wonderful recommendations, and hope they’ve pointed you in the right direction if a new planner or agenda is something you’re searching for!
What am I going to choose? Sigh. I wish I knew. I still have a few months left with my Sweet Caroline Designs planner, so luckily I don’t have to make a decision immediately. But I am feeling most-drawn to Golden Coil, Papier, Day Designer and The Simplified Planner. What about you?
Love from the Sunshine State,