Lifestyle · November 15, 2017

Why I’ll Forever Love Magazines (And Four To Pick Up Now)

Possibly, one of the oldest photographs I can remember seeing of me as a toddler, is one of me carrying a magazine into the bathroom- acting as none other than some quality toilet reading material. Perhaps that’s a little TMI, but I’m pretty sure since then, not a lot has changed. Okay, perhaps I’m less partial to a leisurely loo reading session, but my tendency to pick up weeklies, monthlies and everything in-between during a Sainsbury’s shop or trip to a newsagent, definitely hasn’t.

Despite living in an age where print media is ‘dying out’ and favourite publications are turning to digital- there’s something I’ll always cherish about flicking through the pages of exciting interviews, discovering something new and folding dog eared pages to remember to take note of something later. Online is brilliant, has offered me endless opportunities and a career- but print really was how my whole love and ambition for this funny old industry started.

For years growing up I was dedicated to Girl Talk and Smash Hits, before quickly moving onto the NME and Company- where I still hoard boxes of those magazines across the last ten years under my old bed (during interning there and becoming a total veteran in collecting them), where some have picked up Vogue’s and Elle’s- stacking them back to back, month by month and year by year.

In short, I feel pretty sentimental about print. Even when I was studying art, mags like Nylon would be my first port of call for illustration inspiration- and I’d constantly find myself fingering the pages for beautiful portraits to sketch and recreate. It was the first magazine that I saw combine music, fashion and beauty- my three biggest loves, and made me realise that an interest in fashion isn’t exclusive against your taste in anything else. It felt like an ultimate ~cool girl~ read, and after hearing that this months would be their last print issue, it made me feel a little nostalgic. I spent a lot of my teens in fashion cupboards, running around town with suitcases of samples (sometimes for editorials, once for La Roux) and even found myself freelancing for them before this blog and I went full time.

So, naturally, I thought I’d put together a little post celebrating a handful of my favourites (perhaps ironic typing this on a blog)- but if you’re after some wintry afternoon reading- let me point you in the right direction…

When Helen first contacted me way back in 2011 to write a style piece for her new magazine, Lionheart, I couldn’t quite believe it. Somebody trusted me enough to write something? For THEM? Six years later I’m still writing a little piece in their gorgeous publication- and I owe a lot to Helen for re-inspiring me with writing with her gorgeous magazine. With each issue themed around a word- be it shapes, art or home; the magazine is filled with thoughtful, warming prose and pieces- and makes for the perfect afternoon inspiring read.

Red is more of a recent discovery for me, and it’s only really been in the last year that I’ve made sure to pick it up without fail (to the point where I now have a subscription too)! I honestly think that Red has the best fashion in any glossy magazine, and admire the balance of high end and high street, as well as the incredible eye for styling they always seem to get so very right. Additionally, they always have the most inspiring features- be it with interesting women, recipes or think pieces- and I’d recommend anyone to have a nosey.

Sunday Girl-

Another magazine I’ve recently started picking up on the regs is Sunday Girl. Made up of a mix of candid yet curated style fashion shoots, collaged style mini features on inspiring women across various industries and beautiful photographs too. It feels almost like the ultimate coffee table read, and their shoots always inspire me endlessly- serious visual kudos!

Last but not least is, of course, Nylon. Having read this magazine for over 8 years, I vividly remember it’s iconic music issue with Karen O on the front which pulled me in quicker than a pair of yellow skinny jeans and Nike dunks. Everything they publish from interviews, to beauty pieces or fashion is all so perfectly shot and styled- and although I’m feeling remarkably sad that this is the last print, their website is packed with amazing content, so I highly recommend bookmarking that too.



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    November 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

    This post made me feel so nostalgic! I used to *love* buying and subscribing to magazines, but I have to admit I haven’t been buying that many anymore. I do love my weekly free magazines that I get for my commute though – I absolutely adore Time Out and Stylist and get so excited to sit in the tube and read them. They *almost* make my long commute worth it!

    I’ll try to be better and actually buy magazines too though – I’ll have to bookmark this list and try out some of your choices! x

    Laura // Middle of Adventure

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    November 15, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    Im right there with you babe – i love a good print magazine! I still go and get all of mine – much prefer it to the digital ones! I am a huge fan of Porter. One of the magazines I actually subscribe to! I also really like Nylon!


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    November 15, 2017 at 8:20 pm

    I am sooo going to miss glamour!

    Ellie xx

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    November 15, 2017 at 10:17 pm

    I love magazines too! I’ve been tempted to pick up Sunday Girl for a while – it looks amazing. Do you listen to the Stack Magazine and Monocle 24:The Stack podcasts? Stack interviews a lot of editors from independent magazines (their service and blog are great too!) and Monocle’s is more focused on print in general but they do some great magazine coverage and interviews too.

    Belle in Black and White

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    Laura Anne
    November 16, 2017 at 9:19 am

    I was obsessed with print magazines but after heading to uni I just haven’t thought about them, I think I’ll take a little wonder to the nearest store and pick up a few of your recommendations as part of my ‘down-time’!

    Laura xo

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    Liena Snow
    November 16, 2017 at 9:55 am

    I like to read print magazines too! It is just so nice to have a cup of tea and look and read through latest fashion editorials.
    A wonderful post, Liv really wish to read Sunday Girl, sounds great.
    Much love xx

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    November 16, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Magazines are always so nice! I love them.

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    November 16, 2017 at 9:30 pm

    I completely agree about print media! so sentimental. both of my parents work in newspapers in the states x

    x Cory

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    November 20, 2017 at 8:35 am

    I know exactly what you mean!!! I have recently changed jobs, and with loads more time on my hands I decided to have a clear out of magazine! Not finished yet, but kid you not, I have already gotten rid of 11 full bags!! I just cannot help myself buying them!!! I get all fashion ones, weekly and monthly ones, and also addicted to the home ones as well!! I have now started reading them and training myself in letting them go straight after, to one of my friends that loves them as much as I do! haha It’s hard but I’d determined to enjoy them, but stop hoarding them! 🙂 I have not yet once read an online magazine and dread the time when they will all stop printing!! I hope I’m gone by then! haha
    Diana xxx

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    Girl In Gamba
    December 17, 2017 at 9:37 pm

    I love print magazines too! I think that’s why I decided to print my own magazine as a project. Although I think some magazines have some pretty good digital content, there’s nothing like opening the physical pages and looking/reading through.

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    October 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    Have you ever picked up Happiful magazine?

    We’re a magazine dedicated completely to mental health – you can buy it in print or subscribe for the free e-magazine. Chidera (The Slumflower) is our cover star this month – check it out, hope you love it as much as we do! X

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