Monday, April 13, 2009

Magazine Subscriptions

The gorgeous Jessica Lange. I think she's incredibly cool.

I hope everyone had a lovely Easter. It was a pretty weekend here; Saturday there was a marathon through our town and my husband and I awoke early and went out to watch the racers (and grab some pastries at the local bakery). I scrubbed the winter dirt off my Saab convertible and gave it a good polish--unfortunately it's still too cold to take the top down, but I'm ready! Our neighbors came over with a bottle of wine later that night and then Easter Sunday: church and, afterwards, lamb chops and couscous and spring vegetables.

Today we're starting our bi-annual Fat Flush. Hmm. There'll be little joy around this household for the next two weeks!

Anyway, I was going through my list of magazine subscriptions and I found it interesting to see how my subscription list has changed either because my interests have shifted or, sadly, the magazine went out of publication. What do you read now? Here's what arrives regularly at Chez La Vie:

Bon Appetit (husband)
Cook's Illustrated (husband)
New Yorker

Town & Country

Vanity Fair

I recently let my subscription to Vogue lapse; about a year ago I stopped ordering Harper's Bazaar. I'm really looking for a style magazine that has less outrageous fashion and more useful presentations. Does anyone remember Mirabella magazine? I loved that magazine--that's the type of fashion magazine I'm looking for and it no longer exists. Upscale, but realistic. A bit of eye candy that I can actually aspire to.

The one home magazine I loved, Domino, has of course recently expired. I also used to subscribe to Cottage Living, but I was going to cancel it anyway before it went out of business because it seemed so focused on building new cottages, not decorating old ones. Other magazines I liked that died were Blueprint, Victoria (the original, not the new version), and House & Garden (with Dominique Browning as the editor). I saved all my old Victorias and Dominos. I also save my T&Cs. The rest I cut up and file.

What might I occasionally pick up in line at the grocery store or while browsing in Borders? InStyle, Elle, House Beautiful and of course US (in particular when I'm headed to the beach!). Maybe WWD. My husband likes car magazines as well as those with muscled men on the cover (for the workout routines, not the hot guys--apparently).

What magazines come to your home?


Petunia said...

Oh, I loved the ORIGINAL Victoria, too! I was so excited to see it again, but the new version was so thin and lacking that I soon cancelled my subscription.
Right now:
Town & Country
Traditional Home
Coastal Living
House Beautiful
...& Palm Beach magazine only because for some reason they will not stop sending it to me.
Funny, I used to read Vogue religiously. Not in years, though.

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M.Lane said...

Eating pastries while I watch someone ELSE run...that's my idea of a GREAT marathon!!!!

My magazines right now:

New Yorker
Paris Review
Paris Notes

Keep that ragtop ready...they SAY summer's coming...


Merisi said...

Jessica Lange is among my favorite actresses and, yes, she's way cool! :-)

None of the magazines here interest me enough to even try a subscription. I miss American food magazines, "Food and Wine" among them (thank heaven I kept my collection of various magazines, every now and then I pull a few issues from the stacks and pretend they are new - which often works *g*).

I used to be a regular reader of the New Yorker Magazine. Sadly, at 10 Euros the issue that is out of the running too.

Easy and Elegant Life said...

The New Yorker
"Q"uintesential Style Magazine
Elite Traveler
House Beautiful
Real Simple
Traditional Home.
Esquire's Big Black Book
Recycled Harper's Bazaar and Vogue.

But I rarely get a chance to scour them and often feel like canceling all subscriptions. Never going to happen.

I am green with envy every time I see a convertible. If it's not raining I've got the sunroof open!

MetaJewelryDesign said...

I am totally addicted to certain magazines, like InStyle and Lucky (love the jewelry pages - of course!); entertaining ideas, too. I miss the original Victoria mag, too - wish I had saved all my copies! I also miss Mirabella - that one was filled with great fashion and articles! My other favorite is Santa Barbara magazine - I save every one!!

Fantastic Forrest said...

These days, our only magazine subscriptions are Smithsonian and Sierra.

But we all spend plenty of time on line reading wonderful blogs, with marvelous photos and brilliant writing. Does that count? :-)

pve design said...

I have the first subscription to Martha - "Living" and saved many and refer to them time and again - I loved
"Home Companion"
The only one now that I get is
"Real Simple"

I love to go to our local shop and peruse
and others -
good luck on the flush!

vicki archer said...

Mostly decor magazines for me and my girls still like Vogue and Harpers. I don't have the time to read as many as I would like but one I do love is Conde Naste Traveller - great inspiration, xv.

Maggie May said...

I just got my Domino card saying they were sorry they folded and would be sending me Glamour instead, which I thought was a weird choice.

And Jessica Lange is amazing :)

Anonymous said...

House Beautiful
Elle Decor
T & C
Traditional Home
New York
Sadly, there are a few more not on the list!

But we need to read so many of them for business because the Princess is not just personal accessories and gifts, it is also home accessories and dishes, so we're claiming the "It's Not My Fault" whine as ours today!

Fun read!

The Mrs. said...

I am so sad about Domino going under, it was absolutely fabulous! Thanks for the encouraging words...Love your blog too!

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jojo said...

Love your blog!
My magazines- The Spectator (UK) and Paris vogue.

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