Relaxing with a Magazine


Women’s Weekly Magazine

I’ve always loved magazines. I love the glossy paper, the beautiful coloured photos, the headlines that promise some of life’s little mysteries will be revealed to me. Ever since I was a teenager and I started buying Dolly magazine I’ve been a magazine fan. As I moved into my late teens and early 20s I transitioned onto Cleo and Cosmopolitan. As I got older, I realised that getting a magazine subscription to my favourite magazines not only saves me money, but also saves me time as it’s delivered to my letterbox each issue. As I’ve gotten older my tastes and interests have changed, over the years I’ve subscribed to Madison, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue, Shop til You Drop, Grazia, Notebook and when planning a renovation Australian House and Garden and Inside Out magazines.

When I was a kid I loved to collect the mail, who would send me a letter? I had pen pals who I would correspond with from all over the globe, nowadays we just send emails so the potential of the post containing something exciting is greatly reduced as it’s mostly bills and bank statements. So on Thursday when the postman delivered a fresh copy of the November issue of The Australian Women’s Weekly in my letterbox there was a frisson of excitement when I brought in the mail, which is one of the reasons I love a magazine subscription.

Women’s Weekly Fashion

What I like about the Australian Women’s Weekly is that it’s not aimed at women who have an unlimited clothing budget, instead at women who have families and mortgages. Great buys under $100 is always full of fashionable suggestions that won’t break the bank.

This month there is an article about the Man’s Man – the alpha male is back (what caught my eye of course was the picture of gorgeous, dapper Don Draper (aka John Hamm) from Mad Men which accompanied the piece. Apparently Don Draper has been named the most influential man in the world, ahead of President Barack Obama – interesting for a fictional TV character to wield so much power!

I also eagerly read the article by former Women’s Weekly Beauty Director Kate Mahon about her struggle with a brain tumour. My mother died from one when she was only 33 (and I was just 5), so it’s a topic close to my heart. Reading about her struggle and her seemingly miraculous recovery was moving and inspirational.

If you prefer your stories more about celebrities, there is one about Portia deGeneres and her struggle with eating disorders, plus you can find out about Australian Cricketer Michael Clark, and Danielle Spencer (wife of Russell Crowe). The article 6 Women of Influence was fascinating as they shared what has made them successful and some of their life lessons from which we can all learn.

With Christmas fast approaching it was good to get some ideas for presents with the gift guide. Unless I’ve been keeping a list of present ideas (which is something I try and do, but don’t always remember to), also the introduction of ideas and retailers who might have something that would appeal to my loved ones is greatly appreciated and takes a little of the stress of Christmas away. My belief with gifts is that they should be a little luxury item that the giver would like, but wouldn’t ever justify spending them money on themselves, rather than something useful that you would have had to get anyway.

Women’s Weekly Recipes

Women’s Weekly is also known for its tasty and easy to follow recipes. There were quite a few that I glanced at (will go back later for a more in depth look) that I think I’ll be cooking. One for a Buche de Noel that may just become our new Christmas Pudding (it’s hot here at Christmas and we’re not into Christmas pudding), though there is a recipe in this month’s for one if you love them. Plus lots of yummy recipes to cook and give away as gifts such as Snowballs, Red Velvet Cupcakes and a Cranberry and Pistachio Rocky Road (which looks like White Christmas to me).

Magshop makes subscribing easy and fast and I love that I save the cost of at least one or two magazines per year by having a subscription. Plus, as I have one invoice for the year I don’t need to keep lots of pesky receipts for my accountant to process (in my business fashion magazines are a legitimate expense).

Yes I love reading blogs, but I find it so much easier to stick a magazine in my handbag so when I’m out and about and have a few spare minutes I have something to read. It keeps me up on fashion trends, where to take my clients shopping and all sorts of other information that I might otherwise not stumble across on the internet without searching.

When I read a magazine I’ll keep some tags handy to stick on pages that have something in them I want to refer to later. Then once I’ve finished the magazine (I start at the beginning and read through that way) I’ll tear out the pages that I’ve stuck tags to. I have files of pages that I’ve clipped from magazines, sometimes they give me ideas for blog posts, sometimes they have a website that I want to look up, a book I want to read or a shop I want to check out. And the recipe section gets torn out and put into a box that I keep in the kitchen, stuffed full of delicious delicacies to cook up.

Do you have magazine subscriptions? What are your favourite magazines? What parts of the magazine do you spend most of your time reading? Do you clip pages for reference afterwards?

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  • Hey Imogen
    I'm intrigued to read about your magazine tastes. I often felt completely baffled why anyone is interested in most of those glossies – too many celebrities who really bore me. But budget fashion and good recipes appeal! My only subscription is to Australian Home Beautiful, though I often pick up a House & Garden and sometimes a Marie Claire. I ALWAYS make notes and put sticky flags on pictures of interiors or bits of furniture or lighting that I like, and often find ways to make a 'budget' adaption of them. They're my mental down-time.

  • I only have subscription to a sewing magazine. But when I got to the physician, I love to sift through the magazines. I look for the latest gossip on the stars and for fashion tips.

  • This post struck several notes, Imogen.

    My mom also died of a brain tumour, when I was 22. How do you feel reading about a 'miraculous' recovery? …

    About magazines: they used to be fascinating and too expensive when I was a teen, but then I got a volunteering gig at a gift shop and poured over the magazines it was selling for hours, and eventually got bored of them.

    Recently I did an exercise of self-exploration that involved clipping stuff out of magazines and making a collage. So this sent me back to the magazine racks for the first time in a decade or so. It was fun for the exercise (I got a Bazaar, a Vogue, a Arts & Decoration, a Real Simple, looked through many more). Overall, I wasn't impressed: too many ads, too shallow … kind of like sugary snacks – very tasty once in a while, but get tired of them quickly.

    – tall & slim anon

  • I LOVE magazines! For such a low cost, I get a present EVERY MONTH! And with three little toddlers, most of my reading has to come in little spurts – for which a magazine is ideally suited. 🙂 I currently subscribe to InStyle, Lucky (which has lots of less-pricey options that I really like), Shape, Fast Company, Reader's Digest, and I'm thinking about adding W, Vogue or Real Simple to the list.

  • Mummymoo – I'm less interested in the celebrities, I am more interested in the lifestyle, health pieces probably and the fashion and accessories.

    In my job I need to keep up with trends (to a certain extent) in these areas and magazines are an easy way for me to do this and know which brands are selling what, so when I have to take a clients shopping I can target stores that are to their style.

    Also, when doing image consulting training my students use magazines to illustrate points, so they all get cut up and used for this as well.

  • Lin3arossa – When I worked for Penguin, we used to get the gossip mags, if you were away for a week there was no point in reading the previous week's gossip as already it would be out of date and the opposite of what had previously been reported would probably be this week's goss!

  • Tall and Slim – I have always worried about dying of a brain tumour too – In fact as my mother died when she was 33 I thought that I would be unlikely to get past this age, and delayed having children until I was 34, as there was an irrational fear that if I had kids before this I'd get cancer and die and leave them as my mother left me (yes I had all sorts of abandonment fears!). So it was nice to read about a mother who has a brain tumour who seems to be in remission, it kind of gives me hope that not all mothers who have brain tumours die and leave their kids!

  • Jesslyn – the cost of subscriptions to magazines in the US is very cheap – I also have Lucky subscription – though it costs more than you pay! But magazines are still to me good cheap entertainment and a great to dip in and out of when you have a few moments peace (which is not much when you have little kids), easier to focus on than a book!

  • Thanks for sharing, Imogen. It's comforting to hear others' stories that are similar in some ways.

    I can't help but calculate how old my kids would be (if I had them at age X; don't have any yet!) when I got to the age my mom passed away.

    – tall & slim anon

  • Couldn't have said it better myself! I have a serious addiction to magazines…glad I am not the only one!

    Love your blog too…I will definitely be back soon!

    Best wishes,

  • I am not a magazine reader however your blog entry did inspire me to buy Women's Weekly today. The article 'Am I the world's worst mother' was a very timely read as I have recently been doubting my mothering abilities – nice to read I am not on my own here! The same article refers to a blog 'Not Drowning, Mothering' which provided me with a much needed laugh.
    And on top of this I can claim a bonus lip balm.
    Thanks for the prompt Imogen, I've really enjoyed some time out reading WW!

  • I was a Dolly devotee – but before Dolly was TV week – just for the poster in the middle of Sherbet, ACDC, John Paul Young, Skyhooks – oh those were the days!!!

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