A few weeks back I was planning out some content to shoot and found myself buying something I haven’t in years. Magazines! Yes I just kind of needed it as a prop which made it feel even more ridiculous. However, that’s the blog life sometimes. I used to get easily half a dozen or so magazines every month back in the day. Everything from SHAPE, Marie Claire, Harpers Bazaar, Elle Decor, you name it, I got it. They were insanely cheap, maybe $7 or $10 a year, sometimes just $5. I thoroughly enjoyed sitting down on my couch, flipping through the glossy pages and getting up to speed on what’s new in the fashion and beauty world.
But thanks to my business of blogging, and the volatile print world, magazines took a serious dive south. I stopped reading them partially because I was tired of spending all my money on them to just see a bunch of full page ads. They lost their appeal to me for a while so I stopped renewing. This was easily five or six years ago too and I definitely didn’t miss the constant recycling of heavy magazines. But after grabbing them a few weeks ago and actually sitting down and reading a couple, I realized I missed them.
I ended up reading a great article about the founder of Stitch Fix, found new brands I haven’t heard of before, and spent a solid 30 minutes off my phone and engrossed in reading and relaxing. It was a great feeling and one I realized I missed doing. So right then and there I ordered a few subscriptions. Just a couple. Nothing crazy because if you remember in this post, it’s a wasted expense for sure. But at $5 each pretty much for the year, I ended up subscribing to three new magazines that I’ll start to get monthly. I’m pretty excited for the monthly arrival and the quiet time of reading them on my couch with Pork. It’s a great way to unwind and relax which I’ve been finding I need more of in my life. And this is a really great way to do it while also staying current in the trends outside of my blog bubble.
What are (or were) some of your favorite magazines to dive into?