Pool and beach weather is so close we can taste it. For some of you who are teachers or in school, you might be gearing up for spring break. Magazines are perfect for poolside reading, and they’re ultra beach-friendly too. Before you head to the store and blow $20 on magazines that ultimately underwhelm, take some advice from a self-proclaimed magazine junkie.
Print may be a declining industry, but I’m still a magazine connoisseur. Call me old school, but there’s just something about turning those pages or tearing them out to add them to my IRL Pinterest board a la Shoshanna’s manifestation board in HBO’s Girls, Season 1. I also can’t resist a magazine with a captivating cover and seem to have developed a bad habit of keeping the ones I can’t part with and stacking them in piles so high they turn into makeshift end tables. Maybe I’ll single handedly keep the magazine industry alive with my obsession, or I could attempt to rope others into my strange addiction. So, I come to you today to try to get you on board the magazine train by sharing my top 5 fashion magazines.
You may think I’m going to feature typical fashion magazines: Vogue, Harper’s Bazaar, Lucky. I do buy conventional fashion magazines from time to time if there’s a particular cover story that catches my eye or there’s an interesting feature I want to read, but for the most part I head for the other fashion magazines. If you’re typically not the biggest fan of fashion magazines, maybe the mainstream ones aren’t for you, and you should give some of these others a try. It might just renew your love for fashion magazines!
What I’m Wearing:
Dress: Rebecca Taylor
Rings: Vintage and Gorjana
Bracelet: By Boe
Shoes: Stuart Weitzman
Makeup: Bobbi Brown, Lancome, and Marc Jacobs
Hair: Bumble & Bumble and Moroccan Oil
InStyle is my favorite popular fashion magazine. It has a little something for everyone with attainable looks for the every-girl and some high end pieces for the serious fashionistas. InStyle also has a nice variety of articles in addition to the fashion-focused ones from in-depth celebrity features to home, beauty, and health. I may be partial because I’m a huge Diane Von Furstenberg fan, but my favorite monthly column in the magazine is DVF’s “Ask a Designer.”
I rekindled my love for Allure last year. I couldn’t resist the December 2013 issue featuring Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen on the covers. Allure is arguably more of a beauty magazine than a fashion magazine, but let’s face it (no pun intended), beauty is a big part of fashion, and there are still true fashion elements woven in. The magazine is best know for its “Best of Beauty” awards each October. We all know beauty products are a necessary evil, and we all know how expensive they can be, so this is a great go-to magazine for the best beauty hacks.
Nylon is one of the more mainstream of the indie fashion magazines. Because the magazine is relatively new by comparison to other longstanding fashion magazines, it’s a bit more youthful and cutting edge. In addition to fashion, Nylon also focuses on pop culture, design, technology, music, and the hottest up and coming stars. Nylon also spans beyond the pages of the magazine. They have their own online shop, which is filled with tons of unique and quirky clothing, shoes, accessories, beauty products, and home goods.
I may be partial to Eide because it hails from my hometown in the south – ATL represent! However, this national magazine takes a highly artistic approach to life and style. One of the cornerstones of the magazine is creating a cohesive narrative in each seasonal issue. Eide also places a heavy focus on aesthetics. Because the magazine only produces four issues per year, it’s essential that Eide carefully curates each issue with rich content and extreme attention to detail. Like Nylon, Eide also extends beyond the pages of the magazine with an online shop.
1. W Magazine
My all time favorite fashion publication is W Magazine. To me, each issue is a work of art, which is why I can’t bear to throw away a single copy I purchase. W is arguably a high fashion magazine, therefore most of its content is highly unattainable for every-girls like me. However, I just can’t tear my eyes away from the stunning photographs and carefully composed features. I draw tons of creative inspiration from this magazine. Whether you’re a photographer, illustrator, makeup artist, hairdresser, stylist, or just a die-hard fashionista, your creative juices will start flowing like crazy as you turn each page. If you truly have a fascination with the fashion industry, W is the magazine for you.
Emma Watson + Wonderland Magazine
Emma Watson served as the guest editor of the British fashion magazine Wonderland for their February/March 2014 issue. As if her Hollywood success wasn’t enough, the multi-talented actress now has her name on one of the most star-studded issues of Wonderland, jam packed with interviews from big names like Sofia Coppola, Darren Aronofsky, J.K. Rowling, Lena Dunham, Jonah Hill, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lorde, and more (yes, more!). Already adding this issue to your February reading list? You can snag yourself a copy Watson’s editorial debut when it hits the stands February 7, just in time for NYFW. Looking for where to purchase in the U.S.? Try your local Barnes & Noble or best independent news stand.
SJP + Nordstrom
As if you needed another reason to love Nordstrom… It has been announced that Sarah Jessica Parker’s upcoming shoe line will be sold there, exclusively. Ladies, mark your calendars. This collection is set to launch Friday, February 28 at select Nordstrom stores and on their site, and I have a feeling these styles will sell out instantly. New Yorkers, fear not! Although you suffer the plight of not having a Nordstrom near you, the upscale fashion retailer will be opening a Nordstrom pop-up in SoHo from February 28 through March 2. The NYC pop-up shop will also serve as the first stop on SJP’s launch tour, which will hit five other lucky cities besides NYC. (Heads up to all my CHI Town ladies, SJP is coming your way March 7. All you other beautiful ladies can find out if your city made the cut here.)
Zooey Deschanel + Tommy Hilfiger
She can act, she can sing, what can’t Zooey Deschanel do (and do it well)? Now, the style icon is collaborating with the esteemed brand Tommy Hilfiger to create a capsule collection. The line will consist of 16 fun and flirty sixties-inspired dresses with a classic Tommy Hilfiger color palette of red, white, and blue. With prices ranging from $98 to $199, you too can add a dress from this duo to your spring collection. For the first release of a portion of the line, check out a Macy’s near you beginning Monday, April 14, and spend that well earned tax return accordingly! The full collection will hit select Tommy Hilfiger stores and their site on the following Monday, April 21.
Kate Moss + Alexander McQueen
Kate Moss is kicking off 2014 with a bang and rocking the milestone age of 40 like no other woman could. The famed supermodel is staring in her first ever Alexander McQueen campaign for his Spring 2014 collection. The print ads and accompanying campaign video were both shot by American photographer Steven Klein, who is known for his signature style of edgy glamour. Check out the dark, sci-fi-inspired Spring/Summer 2014 campaign video here. I must say, as offbeat as the entire campaign is, it’s pretty impressive and I kinda love it!
Hello, readers! I could never have imagined how busy 2014 would be, and I can’t believe we’re nearing the end of January! Thank you for bearing with my absence! Without further ado, let’s dive right back in by kicking off my new series for 2014: FEEL GOOD, LOOK GOOD.
Looking good starts with feeling good, and the New Year is the perfect time to reassess, restart, and rejuvenate. Feeling good involves two key components: physical health and mental health. From achieving goals to fitness and food, there are a lot of ways to modify your daily routine to FEEL GOOD, LOOK GOOD, and have a better year! A lot of people are overwhelmed by the pressure of the concept “New Year, new you.” They believe they have to make major, life altering changes to achieve a better year. Don’t set yourself up for failure, disappointment, and unrealistic expectations. Big goals require a big commitment, intense dedication, and a lot of work. If you’re up for the challenge, set a big goal to feel good and look good in 2014! However, if you’re just looking to have a better year in 2014 than you did in 2013, set a goal of making small changes in your everyday life. These small changes will add up and produce results!
I’ve also been promising reviews on AOC, so today I’m giving you a double dose of NEW ARTicles with a look inside Shape magazine’s Jan/Feb 2014 issue. Let’s take a peek at five highlights from the issue!
GOALS: How to Achieve Your New Year’s Resolutions
What’s your New Year’s resolution? Lose weight? Exercise more? Spend less, save more? Quit smoking? Stress less? Eat more healthfully? No matter what you’re trying to accomplish in 2014, the Shape Jan/Feb issue has got you covered with simple solutions to stick to your resolutions. In this article, Rock Your Resolutions, it’s as easy as “never clean your plate” or “follow the 2-day rule” to curb impulse buying to achieve your 2014 goals. Always remember it’s small changes that make a big impact!
NEW: It’s never too late to start or revisit your resolutions to FEEL GOOD and LOOK GOOD in 2014! Read more about Rock Your Resolutions!
HOME: Let Your Living Space be a Solace, Starting with the Bedroom
According to Shape’s Assistant Editor Mallory Creveling, getting enough sleep is essential to feeling good! Sufficient sleep can protect against obesity, chronic disease, and even wrinkles! In this article, Give Your Bedroom a Checkup, set your sights on big or small changes to revamp your sleep sanctuary. Whether it’s setting a bold, long-term goal of investing in a new mattress to a simple, short-term goal of purchasing a relaxing sound machine for white noise, you can make your bedroom better and you can feel good and look good this year!
NEW: Read more tips about How to Give Your Bedroom a Better-Sleep Makeover!
PLAY: Whether You’re Single or in a Relationship, Start off the New Year with Good Vibrations
Hoping to spice up your sex life in 2014? According to Shape more than half of women admit to enhancing their sex life with “good vibrations,” either alone or with a partner. From beginners to girls on the go to couples looking to supercharge time in the bedroom, this article, Good Vibrations, is your guide to the right toy for you. And, don’t worry, amping up your sex life doesn’t have to break the bank. With prices ranging from $28 to $160, there’s a device for any budget!
NEW: Check out the slideshow to find the right toy to supercharge your sex life!
FITNESS: De-stress with this Winter Workout
Shape is packed with a number of workout routines to suit any skill level and lifestyle. This issue’s Get Fit Workout of the Month caught my eye for it’s promise to effectively “erase tension and cultivate calm.” Stress Rx is part of the Rx Series by fitness trainer Jill Miller and is comprised of just 6 moves using rubber balls to “stimulate your muscles and their surrounding tissues.” Other workout benefits of this 10-minute routine include an increased range of motion and a speedy recovery for those recuperating from a muscle injury.
NEW: For more on the Rx Series, check out Jill Miller’s book!
FASHION: Look Hot Even When it’s Cold with these Athletic Ensembles
From staying chic on the slopes to daring to bear your mid drift at the studio, the fit fashion in this issue of Shape is seriously swoon-worthy. Most looks are geared toward those of you looking to be fashionable while partaking in winter sports. However, if you simply love to rock a sporty look while jetting around town, these ensembles feature stylish pieces for a casual, everyday outfit! The Cold Play spread also features beauty tips on keeping your skin, lips, teeth, and more looking their best this winter!
BONUS: Must See Extra!
If you pick up this issue, you must turn to the Get Fit News on page 92 and check out the spotlight on my favorite at home personal training site, MyBod Wellness. You’ve seen me feature MyBod before, and I’m so excited to direct you to their feature in Shape!
For more from this issue of Shape, get it on the newsstands now for just $4.99!
The holidays are just days away, which means you are just days away from a little much needed rest and relaxation! Hopefully your holiday shopping is winding down, and starting these weekend you’ll be putting the final touches on all your plans. Take advantage of your time off by creating a little R&R To-Do List. Let me help you get started with some fun and festive suggestions:
TONIGHT: Make Limoncello
You know you’re going to need some spirits to stay in the holiday spirit. Start this Limoncello recipe tonight, and it’ll be ready by Christmas!
1 (750-ml) bottle vodka
3 1/2 cups water
2 1/2 cups sugar
TONIGHT: Use a vegetable peeler to peel the lemons. Place the peels in a 2QT pitcher, then pour the vodka in the pitcher. Cover with plastic wrap and allow to sit at room temperature for 4 days. CHRISTMAS EVE: Make a simple syrup by dissolving sugar in water. Cool completely, then add the simple syrup to the 2QT pitcher with the lemon peels and vodka. Cover and allow to sit overnight. CHRISTMAS DAY: Strain and discard lemon peels. Chill and serve! Cheers!
THIS WEEKEND: Throw a Wrap Party
You and your girls have all or most of your shopping done, and you could use an excuse to get together, share a couple cocktails, and wrap up the holiday season with a wrap party! Have each of your friends bring some wrapping materials: a roll of paper, ribbons and bows, gift tags, etc. Then you can share the wrappings and have a variety of gift wraps under your tree! If you want to spice up your get together, have each girl bring an appetizer, dessert, or drink and make a real party out of it. You’ll enjoy some much needed girl time and you’ll be getting things done – guilt free fun!
DURING THE HOLIDAYS: Read a Book
You know I’m always encouraging you to keep a reading list, and the holidays are the perfect opportunity to finally have some down time to pick up a book. While the kids are playing or while grandmother is cooking, curl up and read! If you need some suggestions, one of my all time favorite blogging resources, Independent Fashion Bloggers (IFB) has 5 books to feed your mind before the New Year. With their list of business books, you can feel productive while you’re resting and relaxing.
POST-HOLIDAY: Watch a Movie
There are some awesome movies coming out on Christmas, American Hustle and The Wolf of Wall Street come to mind. IFB also has an awesome article about great fashion films available on Netflix. From documentaries to films, they’ll be something for you on this comprehensive list of 40 must-watch movies. Of course, if all else fails, a holiday movie marathon is always appropriate during this season. Add a movie to your R&R to-do list!
How many gift guides have you looked at this season? One? Five? Twenty? Twenty THOUSAND? Gift guides started as these helpful little lists, info graphics, and collages to help you generate gift ideas or find that perfect gift you’ve been hunting down for a good deal. Then, the trend caught on, and now every business, brand, and blogger thinks that they’re the authority on exactly what you need to get every single person in your life this season.
Unfortunately, as a blogger a gift guide seems to be a necessary evil. So, I’m giving you one with no particular rhyme, reason, or theme. Just 5 cool gift ideas I’ve happened upon this season categorized in the typical, cliche gift guide way.
P.S. Every gift is under $100!
FOR THE FIT
– 3 private 45-minute Pilates or yoga sessions via Skype, FaceTime or Google+
– Body assessment
– Customized routine created for you
FOR THE GIRL
FOR THE FOODIE
FOR THE QUIRKY
FOR THE NEW YEAR